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[Statement] RESIST: Journalists, artists ask SC to junk Terror Law -NUJP

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RESIST: Journalists, artists ask SC to junk Terror Law
23 July 2020

Today, July 23, 2020, we, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, together with Rappler journalists led by Glenda Gloria, ABS-CBN’s Ces Oreña Drilon, members of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines, led by their chairman Neil Doloricon and chairman emeritus and National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, and other journalists, artists and cultural workers whose professions and existence depend on freedom of expression and freedom of the press, filed a petition for certiorari and prohibition before the Supreme Court against Republic Act 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020.

With this petition, filed as GR No. 252747, the 13th to be filed, we join many more petitioners seeking to have this draconian measure, which should rightly be called the TERROR Law, struck down for being unconstitutional and a clear danger to all our rights and liberties.

We join others who have filed petitions ahead of us in seeking to have this draconian measure, which should rightly be called the TERROR Law, struck down for being unconstitutional and a clear danger to all our rights and liberties.

We contend that the law’s vague definition of what constitutes terrorism, and its inordinate focus on “intent” instead of actual acts leaves open its application to practically anything and everything anyone might say or do.

Even parts of the law Government claims protect people from potential abuse actually leaves them vulnerable because acts supposedly excluded from coverage are qualified by the phrase “not intended to cause death or serious physical harm to a person, to endanger a person’s life, or to create a serious risk to public safety.”

Section 9 of the law, which criminalizes the newly minted offense of “inciting to commit terrorism,” definitely includes free expression as an element of the crime, in direct contravention of Article III, Section 4 of the 1987 Constitution: “No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, expression, or of the press, or of the right of the people to peaceably assemble and petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

And, of course, the law tramples on our basic rights by allowing an executive body to decide on people’s arrest and detention without a warrant for up to 24 days – way beyond the 3-day limit imposed by the Constitution – and stripping the judiciary of its exclusive authority to determine whether a person should be deprived of liberty.

It is clear that the Terror Law is anathema to democracy. For all Filipinos who cherish liberty, there can only be one response: Resistance!

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[From the web] Media, netizens to mark EDSA with ‘Black Tuesday’ protest -PCIJ

Media, netizens to mark EDSA with ‘Black Tuesday’ protest
February 21, 2014

MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS, netizens, and civil society groups will commemorate the 28th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolt on Tuesday, Feb. 25, with a coordinated online protest against a recent Supreme Court ruling affirming the constitutionality of online libel.

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The “Black Tuesday” protest was agreed on during a roundtable discussion held by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and other media and online organizations that had questioned the constitutionality of Republic Act 10175, also known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act.

The groups say Tuesday’s protest highlights the “regression” of both press freedom and freedom of expression since press freedom was restored after the ouster of former President Ferdinand Marcos on February 25, 1986. The protest also comes exactly a week after the Supreme Court ruled on R.A. 10175.

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[In the news] JOINT EDITORIAL | Take a stand, don’t cop out on FOI -InterAksyon.com

JOINT EDITORIAL | Take a stand, don’t cop out on FOI
By NUJP, KBP, PPI, PCIJ, CMFR
January 21, 2013

InterAksyon logo2The following is a joint editorial released by the the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, the Philippine Press Institute, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility. InterAksyon.com endorses the call for the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill.

It is the season of elections and all political parties and candidates are wont to spin a slew of promises yet again in their drive for votes.

But before they start courting voters yet again, the first order of business is this: Political parties and candidates must deliver on a promise they’ve made in elections past by taking and making known their party and personal stand on the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill.

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[In the news] Petitioners unite as #NoToCybercrimeLaw to mount unified actions -InterAksyon.com

Petitioners unite as #NoToCybercrimeLaw to mount unified actions
By InterAksyon.com
October 6, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — Organizations and individuals who have filed petitions against the Cybercrime Prevention Act have agreed to join forces and mount concerted actions to press their demand to scrap the controversial statute, beginning with a rally before the Supreme Court on Tuesday, when they hope the tribunal to issue a ruling.

The petitioners — activist groups, freedom of expression advocates, media organizations, bloggers, lawyers and other sectors — agreed to call themselves by the hashtag #NoToCybercrimeLaw during a meeting at the University of the Philippines College of Law Saturday.

Among those represented at the meeting were the Kabataan party-list, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, Philippine Internet Freedom Alliance, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility and the law firm headed by lawyer Harry Roque.

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[In the news] Cyber law talks set next week -PhilStar.com

Cyber law talks set next week
By Aurea Calica, The Philippine Star
October 05, 2012

MANILA, PhilippinesMalacañang has set a dialogue with stakeholders on the controversial Cybercrime Law even as more groups stepped up calls to repeal the law on fears that it would be used to suppress online freedoms.

A dialogue was scheduled on Oct. 9 to allow all stakeholders to air their concerns about Republic Act 10175, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

The place and venue will be announced later, he said.

At the same time, Lacierda said he was not aware if the executive branch could still suspend the implementation of RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act since it was “called to implement it.”

“We are the executive branch, we execute. What the legislative branch can do, I understand, and I have seen from some tweets that are going around, is that they can issue a joint resolution. But I don’t know if they intend to do that,” Lacierda said.

Lacierda said he could ask Justice Secretary Leila de Lima if a suspension of the law’s implementation was possible at this time.

Lacierda said so far no case had been filed for online libel or any of the contentious provisions and there were portions that would have to be enforced immediately.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) joined the growing clamor to repeal RA 10175.

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[in the news] 100 Ampatuan massacre suspects still scot-free | Sun.Star

100 Ampatuan massacre suspects still scot-free | Sun.Star.

By Bong S. Sarmiento
May 24, 2012

KORONADAL CITY — Some 100 suspects in the gruesome massacre in the town of Ampatuan, Maguindanao that shocked the nation two years ago have remained scot-free, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said Wednesday.

Rowena Paraan, NUJP secretary general, also stressed that only 96 of the 196 suspects have been arrested since the manslaughter happened.

She also lamented that of the 64 suspects arraigned, only two of them are primary suspects — former Maguindanao Governor Andal S. Ampatuan Sr. and his son and namesake Andal U. Ampatuan Jr., former mayor of Datu Unsay town.

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[In the news] NUJP reports threat vs GMA Network crew – RAPPLER.com

NUJP reports threat vs GMA Network crew – RAPPLER – Philippine News | Multimedia | Citizen Journalism | Social Media.

By PATERNO ESMAQUEL II
February 2, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – A Cagayan de Oro City barangay official reportedly threatened a GMA Network crew while the latter pursued a story on the effects of mining, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said Thursday, February 2.

Cagayan de Oro City-based GMA Network reporter Nef Luczon said he had gone to the local barangay office with two cameramen, Micheal Tolang and Micheal Cabulay, on Wednesday for a story on mining and its effects on the local Iponan River.

Higaonon community leaders reportedly escorted the GMA-7 crew to the river, and showed them the extent of the operations of so-called small-scale miners. Iponan residents blame them for allegedly having exacerbated the damage wrought by Tropical Storm Sendong in December 2011, the NUJP said.

Lucson reportedly said barangay kagawad Roy Yanez suddenly accosted and verbally threatened them when they began asking barangay chairperson Loresa Gaupan regarding the barge.

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[In the news] Fil-Am journalists raise money for ‘Sendong’-stricken colleagues- INQUIRER.net

Fil-Am journalists raise money for ‘Sendong’-stricken colleagues
By Nimfa U. Rueda, Philippine Daily Inquirer
January 29, 2012

 LOS ANGELESFilipino-American media practitioners here have raised at least $9,000 for media colleagues who were among those who died and lost their homes when Typhoon “Sendong” struck Northern Mindanao last month.

The media practitioners spearheaded a benefit concert and art auction, dubbed Sining Para sa Bayan, in Glendale, California, on Jan. 21.

The two-part event featured top-notch performers, musicians and artists, including Pinoy folk rock pioneer Florante and Emmy-award winner Jess Española, a visual animator for the cartoon series “The Simpsons.”
NUJP fund drive

Proceeds will go to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) fund for media workers who were among the victims of the deadly typhoon that left more than 1,000 people dead and displaced around 330,000 residents in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

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