[In the news] Manila court imposes P500,000 travel bond for Rappler’s Maria Ressa -RAPPLER.com

Manila court imposes P500,000 travel bond for Rappler’s Maria Ressa The Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) initially imposed a P500,000 ($9,480) travel bond on Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa over her cyber libel charge before the court. Branch 46 Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa on Thursday morning, March 14, granted Ressa’s motion to travel overseas…

[In the news] 2019 polls choice between ‘better lives or doomed souls’ – rights group -RAPPLER.com

2019 polls choice between ‘better lives or doomed souls’ – rights group The upcoming elections would give Filipinos an “exceptional opportunity” to address the human rights crisis and culture of impunity under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, human rights advocates said on Thursday, March 7. “The 2019 elections is a defining moment for the…

[Statement] Huwag Palupig sa Pang-uusig ng Tirano, Kailangan ng Isang Demokratikong Bayan ang Malayang Pamamahayag -KILUSAN

Huwag Palupig sa Pang-uusig ng Tirano, Kailangan ng Isang Demokratikong Bayan ang Malayang Pamamahayag Mariing kinokondena ng Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya (KILUSAN) ang pagsampa ng kaso laban sa mamamahayag na si Maria Ressa ng cyber libel at pagkaka-aresto dito. Si Ressa ang tumatayong CEO ng media outfit na Rappler. Atake ito sa malayang pamamahayag…

[Statement] Atty. Chel Diokno on the Arrest of Maria Ressa

Statement of Atty. Chel Diokno on the Arrest of Maria Ressa As a human rights lawyer, as a Filipino, I condemn the Duterte administration’s heavy-handed attempt to arrest Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Naniniwala tayong dapat pag may sala, may parusa. Pero sa kasong ito, malinaw na ito ay tahasang pag-atake hindi lang sa malayang pamamahayag,…

[In the news] Miss Spain breaking barriers as first transgender Miss Universe hopeful -Rappler.com

Miss Spain breaking barriers as first transgender Miss Universe hopeful BANGKOK, Thailand – Carrying a bold message of inclusion, transgender rights and a sharp rebuke to US President Donald Trump, Miss Spain’s Angela Ponce is blazing a trail as the first transgender contestant in Miss Universe’s 66-year history. The willowy beauty is making history since…

[Statement] DOJ’s indictment of Rappler and its founder, Maria Ressa for tax evasion and failure to file tax returns a desperate attempt to shut down one of the critical voices in Philippine journalism -HRW

DOJ’s indictment of Rappler and its founder, Maria Ressa for tax evasion and failure to file tax returns a desperate attempt to shut down one of the critical voices in Philippine journalism -HRW The move by the Philippine Department of Justice to indict Rappler and its editor and founder, Maria Ressa, for tax evasion and…

[Statement] Defend Rappler. Defend free press -PAHRA

Defend Rappler. Defend free press   The attack against the media is an affront to press freedom. The decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to revoke Rappler’s registration for allegedly violating the constitutional restrictions on ownership and control of mass media entities is a blatant effort to silence the media for its critical…

[From the web] Philippine Government Targets ‘Rappler’ for Closure Foreign Ownership Allegations Mask Vendetta Against Critical News Website -HRW

Philippine Government Targets ‘Rappler’ for Closure Foreign Ownership Allegations Mask Vendetta Against Critical News Website By Phelim Kine Deputy Director for Asia Human Rights Watch The Philippine government has ratcheted up its attack on media freedom, threatening the closure of Rappler.com. Rappler is a start-up media platform founded in 2012 that has published numerous investigative…

[Statement] FMA calls on the public to stand its ground against the creeping crackdown of the free press masked as legitimate regulation of mass media ownership

Foundation for Media Alternatives’ statement on press freedom and free speech The Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) condemns all attempts to suppress press freedom in the Philippines. As advocates of human rights and communication rights, FMA believes that freedom of the press and of expression are fundamental to civil liberty and must be upheld especially…

[Statement] Press Freedom is Everyone’s Right #StandWithRappler -HRonlinePH.com

Press Freedom is Everyone’s Right #StandWithRappler The Human Rights Online Philippines (HRonlinePH) expresses alarming concern over the Securities and Exchange Commission’s decision to cancel the certificate of incorporation of Rappler, an online news site for allegedly violating the ownership restrictions. Media regulation is one thing. Political vengeance is another. The way the Duterte government works,…