[Philippines] NUJP on AFP’s barring of journalists from covering mass evacuation of Lumad in Surigao

Martial law does not justify the arbitrary restriction on coverage of the Lumad evacuation, unless, of course, we have ceased to be a democracy. What happened was a clearly unconstitutional violation of press freedom and, more importantly, of the people’s right to know.

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[Philippines] Media workers killed in two separate shootings

Two media workers were killed on 23 June 2018 in two cities in separate incidents. Jessie Cano, a resident of Brgy. Cadayonan in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, was gunned down at around 7 pm by unknown assailants. Meanwhile, Manuel Lacsamana, a resident of Brgy. Bitas in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija was shot at close range by still unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle along Mabini Street shortly before midnight.

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[Philippines] Statement: NUJP on SP Sotto’s ‘request’ for Inquirer.net to takedown stories on Pepsi Paloma

We (National Union of Journalists of the Philippines) acknowledge that Inquirer.net has yet to decide on the matter. But this early on, we urge that it do right by asserting its independence and upholding freedom of the press and of expression, which are increasingly under siege today.

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[Philippines] Volunteer reporter slain in Zamboanga del Sur shooting

Carlos Matas, the victim, hosted Zambo News Patrol in dxCA Bell FM and dxBZ Radyo Bagting. The police also described him as a “provincial coordinator for Cassava Farmers Association in Zamboanga del Sur.” Police Officer 2 Welito Nuena told CMFR that Matas was meeting a colleague in relation to his work as coordinator when he was killed.

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[Cambodia] Joint statement: Civil society groups condemn ongoing attacks on freedom of the media

This is just the latest in a series of attacks which have devastated Cambodia’s media landscape since mid-2017. The Phnom Penh Post was Cambodia’s last remaining independent English-Khmer language daily, and its change of ownership raises serious questions about the paper’s continued independence.

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Former NUJP director, correspondent receives death threats

Journalist Grace Albasin, a former National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) director, has received death threats over social media stemming from the arrest of her daughter, youth activist Myles Albasin, and five companions who the military has accused of being communist rebels.

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Prominent blogger detained anew

Vietnamese blogger and activist Pham Doan Trang was detained for nine hours by police in Hanoi on 8 March 2018. During that day, Doan Trang’s friends reported seeing a lot of police in civilian clothes around her area. There was no word of her whereabouts until late evening. According to The 88 Project, “She’s now back to the place where she was staying and remains under tight surveillance.”

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