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[Statement] Official statement of the Pioneer on the harassment against UE Dawn’s EIC, Mr. Joshua Molo

We, The Pioneer, the Official Student Publication of the College Department of Divine Word College of San Jose, condemn to the highest possible extent the oppression and harassment made against our fellow campus journalist, Mr. Joshua Molo, Editor-in-Chief of UE Dawn.

We likely condemn any other move to silence dissent and to oppress other campus journalists and publications in executing their mandates of speaking truth and in holding “erring” officials and even the government accountable to the public when so requires.

This is in consonance with what happened last April 5, 2020, after Mr. Molo was summoned to the Barangay Hall of San Fernando Sur, Cabiao, Nueva Ecija for some mediation after “offending” his former campus journalism teachers in his post critical of the government. He was given two options – to post a public apology and stop posting criticisms against the government or face arrest and detention. He opted to sign a waiver, stating that he will stop criticizing the government and was asked to make a public apology after he was threatened with a cyber-libel suit.

We are one with other campus journalists and publications who strongly condemn this suppressive move against the right of every individual to free speech. This is a clear and blatant violation of the Article III, Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines: No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.

The Pioneer will continue in advancing its mandate of speaking truth and of giving voice to the voiceless. We shall write with truth; we shall speak with truth.

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#YesToFreedomOfExpression
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[Statement] On Joshua Molo’s forced public apology -YND

The Youth for Nationalism and Democracy – (YND) Philippines strongly upholds the right of the students and the youth to freedom of speech and expression and condemns any act of intimidation and suppression of such, as what had happened in the case of a student-leader in Nueva Ecija.

Facing threat of a libel case over his Facebook post expressing his dissent on President Duterte’s lack of action to address the needs of the Filipinos amidst the Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in the country, University of the East (UE) Dawn’s editor-in-chief Joshua Molo was forced to make a public apology on 04 April 2020.

According to a report by Redwire, Molo’s former teachers in high school who are pro-Dutertes were offended by his social media post against the Duterte administration and reported him to the Brgy. Hall of San Fernando Sur, Cabiao, Nueva Ecija where he was coerced to be filmed apologizing and promising to never do such, again.

This incident is a clear violation of Molo’s right to freedom of speech and expression as guaranteed by the 1987 Constitution. Moreover, it is never libelous for concerned and responsible citizens of the Philippines to express their political beliefs including their criticisms on the administration’s processes and actions.

This act of political intimidation of teachers to their student who merely exercises critical thinking is a reflection of how political patronage has wreaked havoc on the democratic spaces of the youth and the students’ academic freedom where exchange and expressions of their ideas and beliefs are unconstrained by authorities.

We call on teachers and educators to encourage their students to exercise critical thinking for nation-building as the realest value of education, instead of reporting and getting offended by such practice. We also appeal the students and all concerned citizens to continue speaking up for the truth and their rights and beliefs and not be threatened by any act of harassment and intimidation so long as we do not violate any law.

Speaking the truth amidst prevalent disinformation and misinformation in the country is all the more critical. It is high time that we assert our freedom of speech and expression as the tyrannical administration relentlessly attacks its critics. No act of harassment shall mute the collective voices of empowered, nationalist, and democracy-loving students, leaders, and citizens.

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#UpholdFreedomOfExpression
#NoToPoliticalIntimidation
#ResistTyranny
#DefendAcademicFreedom

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[Statement] of CHR Spokesperson on the alleged ‘forced’ public apology order on University of the East’s campus paper chief

06 April 2020

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) denounces the alleged repressive actions against Joshua B. Molo, Editor-in-Chief of The Dawn, the official campus paper of the University of the East.

On his personal social media account, the student journalist expressed his criticisms on how the government is handling the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19 crisis), but these remarks did not sit well with the opinions of his former teachers. One of them reported Molo to authorities and allegedly threatened to file a cyber libel case against him if he does not do a public apology. He was summoned to the Barangay Hall of San Fernando Sur in Nueva Ecija.

The CHR condemns this blatant disregard for Molo’s dignity and fundamental human rights. The right to freedom of opinion and expression is the lifeblood of a democratic society.

Efforts by government and non-government entities to suppress nonviolent expression could lead to far more dangerous and compromising outcomes, as free speech is a necessary precondition to the enjoyment of other rights such as freedom of assembly and association, press freedom, and right to vote among others. Laws are meant to protect rights, not curtail them.

We reiterate that dissent and expression of grievance against government actions and views are not crimes—but are constitutionally recognized rights. Instead of going after individuals and organizations who articulate their dissatisfaction to the government response to the current crisis, addressing the main issues, such as hunger, unemployment, and other pressing concerns must be prioritized. Dissenting voices are necessary and should be given space in order to allow better leadership.

How our society tolerates and entertains the most minority and disfavoured views reflect how it values and recognizes the worth of our fundamental freedoms. We call on every Filipino to remain vigilant in defending our freedom of expression while holding the real perpetrators of anti-people policies, not the innocents, to account. Instead of shrinking democratic spaces, our collective goal should always improve the way each and everyone’s rights are upheld, guided by the laws that protect them.

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[Statement] The Image Publication, the Official Student Publication of Occidental Mindoro State College, stands with Mr. Molo, EIC of UE Dawn

Last April 5, 2020, University of the East (UE) Dawn’s Editor-in-Chief Joshua Molo was allegedly forced to choose between two options: to voluntarily sign a waiver that he will not post any anti-government sentiment again and issue a public apology or face arrest and detention.

The “choices” were given when Molo’s former teachers filed a blotter-complaint against him stemming from an online argument about the former’s social media posts criticizing the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was threatened with a cyber-libel case unless he makes a public apology on Facebook and stops voicing out his criticism on the inaction of the government.

The Image Publication, the Official Student Publication of Occidental Mindoro State College, stands with Mr. Molo, Campus Journalists and Publications in the country, and other media-related groups in condemning this act that directly attacks our freedom of speech enshrined in the Philippine Constitution.

The Image Publication will continue to speak without gag and write without shackles, a right we must all exercise and protect.

#DefendPressFreedom

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[Statement] On the recent harassment of UE Dawn’s editor-in-chief for posting opinion on the government’s inaction towards COVID-19 pandemic- The Guild

The Guilds strongly condemn this kind of harassment to Joshua Molo, editor-in-chief of the University of the East’s Dawn, after he has been subjected to threats by his former teachers and the responding officials of Cabiao, Nueva Ecija where he resides.

Mr. Molo was forced to publicly apologize after a former high school teacher cried foul over his posts in his personal social media space. The teacher sought help to area officials where they threatened to file a cyber-libel case against Mr. Molo. The editor-in-chief was then threatened to be forcibly picked up once he discontinues posting his opinions towards the government.

May it be known to everybody that this kind of act against Mr. Molo is a clear violation to Article III Section 4 of the Bill of Rights which states that no law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances.

The publication strongly believes that Mr. Molo, and everyone’s right to free speech should not be delimited or bounded by praises to the government. This act of persecution is suppressive and dehumiliating and that people behind this blatant act must be deemed responsible for forming guilt to someone who has not done anything wrong to feel so.

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[Statement] Panawagan ng pagkundena sa pananakot sa Punong Patnugot ng UE Dawn -KATAPAT

Mariing naming kinukundena ang pananakot at tangkang pagbusal sa karapatang magpahayag ng punong patnugot ng University of the East Dawn.

Pinatawag si Joshua Molo sa barangay hall ng San Fernando Sur sa Cabiao, Nueva Ecija matapos niyang ipaabot sa social media ang kaniyang dismaya sa ilan sa kanyang mga dating guro. Ito ay matapos gawing katawa-tawa ng mga nasabing guro ang kanyang naunang post na nagpapahayag ng kaniyang mga saloobin at mga kritisismo sa Administrasyong Duterte. Sapilitan siyang pinagawa ng public apology at tinakot na sasampahan ng kasong libel kung hindi siya humingi ng paumanhin. Ang mas malalay pa ay nared-tag siya’t sinabihan na huhulihin o dadakpin siya ng mga pulis sakaling maulit pa ang kaniyang ginawa.

Ang pananakot at tangkang pagbusal na ito kay Molo ay isang malinaw na paglabag sa kanyang karapatang pantao. Malinaw na pinanindigan lang ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte at ng kaniyang administrasyon ang patuloy nitong pag-atake sa mga kritiko ng kaniyang rehimen.

Tinatawagan namin ang lahat na makiisa sa pakikibaka ni Molo, ng kabataan, at ng mamamayang Pilipino para ang ating karapatan sa malayang pagpapahayag. Sa gitna ng krisis, mas kailangan ng mga matang mapagmatyag sa mga barbarismo ng ating pamahalaan.

Laban, Kabataan!

[From the web] Joshua Molo, editor-in-chief of UE Dawn, the official student publication of the University of the East, was forced to apologize in public over a Facebook post criticizing negligence amid the coronavirus pandemic

𝗔𝗟𝗘𝗥𝗧: Joshua Molo, editor-in-chief of UE Dawn, the official student publication of the University of the East, was forced to apologize in public over a Facebook post criticizing the Duterte administration’s negligence amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This happened after Molo argued with his former high school teachers, who were offended by Molo’s online post.

At around 1:00 p.m. today, April 5, barangay officials of Cabiao, Nueva Ecija, escorted Molo, together with her mother, who is also an officer of their barangay.

Meanwhile, one of Molo’s former journalism teachers, namely, Jun Ainne Francisco went to their barangay hall in San Fernando Sur to ask for blotter. Molo was accused of cyber libel because he called out his teachers for making fun of his earlier post.

“Inaamin ko po na ako ay nagkamali, at hindi na muling mauulit ang pangyayari,” said Molo in his public apology posted online.

Moreover, Molo’s case is not the first recorded attack against press freedom this time of the pandemic.

On March 25, Today’s Carolinian (TC), the official student publication of the University of San Carlos, published an article condemning the order of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia against its critics for tracing individuals who will criticize the government’s actions against the COVID-19.

Garcia also commented to the article, inviting the editor-in-chief of TC, Berns Mitra, to discuss the matter, which is a clear manifestation to intimidate her critics.

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[From the web] DAKILA condemns the harassment of Joshua Molo, the Editor-in-Chief of the UE Dawn, for publishing his opinion about the current administration’s response in the #COVID19 pandemic

We strongly condemn the harassment of Joshua Molo, the Editor-in-Chief of the University of the East’s official publication UE Dawn, for publishing his opinion about the current administration’s response in the #COVID19 pandemic.

Earlier today, Molo was threatened by barangay officials with the filing of a libel case against him if he will not issue a public apology after he criticized the Durterte administration which offended some of his high school teachers.

We believe that this is a direct attack not only to campus journalists, media practitioners, and society’s watchdogs but also to citizen who are expressing their dissent whether online or offline.

Now more than ever, we must never be silenced for upholding our freedoms and rights. Let us continue to #HoldTheLine and #DefendPressFreedom.

#UpholdFreedomOfExpression

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