The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines warns government against pursuing plans to arrest Rappler CEO Maria Ressa saying the action will send a clear signal that the country’s democracy is fast receding under a reckless administration that cannot abide criticism and free expression and will go to ridiculous lengths to muzzle all those it does not agree with.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines urges lawmakers not to be hasty in accepting a proposal to empower the Department of Information and Communication Technology to shut down social media accounts deemed “inimical to national interest” in amendments being considered to the Human Security Act of 2007, or the anti-terror law.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said that the protests of the police about how Ang Probinsyano portrays cops, and the threat of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to file charges against the producers is a violation of the freedom of expression.
But nine years after, justice has not yet been served. Worse, journalists continue to be harassed, charged with trumped-up cases and murdered with impunity. To date, 185 journalists has been killed since 1986, 12 since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.
A year short of that prediction, it is but right for the victims’ families, tired of the extremely slow pace of the trial, to shout “Justice Now” and “Convict Ampatuan.”
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A fact-checking network said the government “is not visible enough” in the fight against the spread of false information in the Internet.
In a span of one week, a smear campaign using printed materials and online memes were circulated by suspected military agents and the police. Members of partylists, human rights advocates, including media practitioners in Northern Luzon are being tagged as New People’s Army (NPA) members and recruiters.
This week, media took a huge, self-inflicted hit at a time when the industry and individual journalists continue to be vilified and threatened by those who would seek to undermine the profession of truth to advance their nefarious agenda.
By NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES www.nordis.net August 2, 2018 The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines demands that …
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines rejects outright the proposal of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security to regulate the profession in the guise of a “Magna Carta” and urge all colleagues as well as media owners to unite in opposing this clear threat to freedom of the press and of expression.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines strongly condemns the 4th Civic Military Operation Battalion of the Eastern Mindanao Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines for preventing journalists from covering the mass evacuation of Manobo Lumad in Lianga, Surigao del Sur yesterday, Monday, July 16.