[Philippines] VIDEO: ‘We are the free press and we hold the line’

Maria Ressa attended her first arraignment today, 3 April 2019. Within 14 months, there are 11 legal cases filed against Ressa and Rappler.

Alternative media groups filed a civil complaint for damages against two companies on 29 March 2019, which is the anniversary of the first ever internet connection in the Philippines, over cyberattacks against their websites.

Philippines was tagged as one of the most dangerous places to practice journalism. In this video, journalists from the martial law period all the way to today’s campus reporters express their commitment to hold the line. Given the continuing threats to and attacks against media and journalists, the community is standing together to  demonstrate their enduring commitment to the defense of press freedom.

This video was co-directed by Jason Tan and Paolo Villaluna, with cinematography by Dindo Martinez and Franz Lopez. It was written and produced by Patricia Evangelista and translated into Filipino by Joselito D. De Los Reyes.

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