UN rights chief notes intimidation of PH journalists, wants defamation decriminalized

Christia Marie Ramos - INQUIRER.net 07/01/2020

MANILA, Philippines — UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said countries should consider decriminalizing defamation, as several member-states of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) flagged the alleged “increasing criticism and intimidation” of journalists in…

Cebu City firefighters tell public to stay away from responding personnel to avoid spread of COVID-19

Alven Marie A. Timtim 05/05/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — In this time of the coronavirus pandemic, even responding to fire alarms will now have to be covered by certain protocols. The Cebu City Fire Department made this known on Tuesday, May 5,…

Families of victims eagerly wait for verdict in Ampatuan massacre

Froilan Gallardo 12/18/2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines – After waiting in anguish for ten years, Cathy Nunez and some of the families of the 32 journalist killed in the Ampatuan massacre in 2009 will be in Manila to hear the…

41 journalists ask SC to lift Duterte’s coverage ban vs Rappler

Inquirer 04/30/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Forty-one journalists from different news organizations on Tuesday filed a petition for intervention asking the Supreme Court (SC) to lift President Rodrigo Duterte’s coverage ban against online news site Rappler. The petition was lodged…

Journalists become increasing ‘targets’ for killings – watchdog

AFP, Inquirer.net 12/19/2018

WASHINGTON – Journalists faced growing dangers of being targeted for killing for their work in 2018 even as the risks from war and conflict declined, a media watchdog said Wednesday. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said…

Ressa, Khashoggi, other journalists named Time Person of the Year

Associated Press 12/12/2018

NEW YORK — Time Magazine named four journalists and a newspaper on Tuesday as its 2018 Person of the Year for standing up for the truth in the face of persecution and violence. The group, which Time…

KBP Cebu president raises safety concerns of broadcasters

Intern 09/02/2018

The president of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP)- Cebu Chapter encourages broadcasters and journalists to gather news in pairs or groups for their safety amid threats against media practitioners. Fr. Roberto Ebisa, KBP-Cebu Chapter…

Libel complaint vs Mabatid, journalists dismissed

Rosalie Abatayo 08/31/2018

The Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office has dismissed the libel complaints filed by singer Eva De Los Santos and husband, Ruben David De Los Santos, against Mabolo Barangay Captain Prisca Niña Mabatid and employees of two newspaper companies…

Tacloban journalists level up with better connectivity

PR 07/29/2018

IN this age of up-to-the-minute news, journalists are more than ever banking on technology to ensure speedy information dissemination. The recent firing up of Smart Communications’ Long Term Evolution (LTE) and LTE-Advanced sites in Leyte brought better…

Solon urges House to reconsider rules ‘stifling’ journalists

Inquirer.net 04/29/2018

A lawmaker urged on Sunday the House leadership to “seriously reconsider” the new rules imposed to the media as it would hinder press freedom. According to the new ground rules, journalists who “besmirch the reputation of the…

Farewell, dear cardinal

JASON BAGUIA 10/27/2017

It had been rainy or windy and cold for the tropics all week. But the weather is fair on the cardinal’s burial day. Did you intercede with God for this, your eminence? For us? It is midmorning.…

Journalists condemn ban on spot reports

Agnes Alpuerto 09/14/2017

THE National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) demands the rescission of the order of Police Director General Ronald dela Rosa barring media access to spot reports. “[It is] clearly an illegal order to withhold spot…

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