EU Parliament condemns ‘rapidly deteriorating’ state of human rights, press freedom in Philippines
EU Parliament condemns ‘rapidly deteriorating’ state of human rights, press freedom in PhilippinesGaea Katreena Cabico(Philstar.com) – September 18, 2020 – 9:31amMANILA, Philippines — The European Parliament approved a resolution condemning the “rapid” deterioration of human rights and press freedom in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte and called on the current administration to address a range of serious issues.The resolution, adopted Thursday with 626 votes in favor, seven against and 52 abstentions, denounced the thousands of extrajudicial killings and other human rights viola...
Hongkongers gather at shopping malls in protest for press freedom
Dozens gathered at Hong Kong shopping malls on Tuesday evening to protest in favour of press freedom after around 200 police raided the Apple Daily newsroom and arrested its owner under the national security law.Netizens called upon citizens over Telegram messenger to gather at four malls for a sing-along demonstration.On Monday, police arrested ten pro-democracy figures and news executives – including Next Media owner Jimmy Lai. Each were accused of committing offences under the controversial national security law including “collusion” with foreign forces.Hongkongers gathered at Langham Place...
Hong Kong Free Press
The days of press freedom in Hong Kong seem numbered
By Joshua BentonThe fate of Hong Kong — whether it would retain its status as a relatively democratic and free enclave within Greater China or be pulled more tightly under Beijing’s authoritarian control — has been a matter of international concern for decades. But the pace of bad news around press freedom has quickened in recent weeks — even recent hours.The latest: Last night (U.S. time), Hong Kong police raided the offices of Apple Daily, a popular pro-democracy news outlet, and arrested its billionaire owner, Jimmy Lai. Bloomberg’s Iain Marlow and Natalie Lung:Lai was shown handcuffed as h...
Nieman Journalism Lab
Despite attacks on press freedom, Nicaragua's digital media landscape is still flourishing
Montage of screenshots and logos from Nicaraguan and Central American media outlets by Global Voices, used with permission.Press freedom in Nicaragua faces multiple challenges, including political persecution by President Ortega's administration coupled with a lack of access to public information. Despite these hurdles, at least 24 new media outlets have been created since April 2018 according to a report published by Literal Periodismo Ciudadano.In April 2018, the largest popular mobilizations in the last 30 years were sparked in response to proposed social security reforms. However, followin...
Algeria journalist 'press freedom' trial opens
The trial opened Monday of Algerian journalist Khaled Drareni, who has become a figurehead of press freedom in the North African country, with the prosecution calling for a four-year prison term.The prosecutor at the Algiers court also called for Drareni's two co-accused to be jailed for four years, as well as all three facing heavy fines and being stripped of their civic rights, judicial sources said.Drareni, 40, who ran the Casbah Tribune website and was a correspondent for French-language television channel TV5Monde, was arrested in March while covering an anti-government protest.He is accu...
Bukidnon town police logic: If you fight for press freedom, you’re communist or terrorist
The police are at it again.The police station of Malaybalay City in Bukidnon province has put out an infographic on Thursday (July 16) that depicts people who campaign for press freedom and the continued operation of media giant ABS CBN as rebels and terrorists.Aside from posting on its Facebook page, the Malaybalay police also circulated the material in the Viber group of reporters covering the Northern Mindanao police command based in Camp Alagar here.By Friday morning, the infographic gained the attention and drew flak from journalists, especially among those assigned to cover the regional ...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
Hong Kong press freedom assured if media give 100% guarantee they will not commit security offences, says Lam
Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said she will give guarantees about press freedom to the Foreign Correspondents’ Club [FCC] if they also give “a 100% guarantee that they will not commit any offences under this piece of national legislation.”Lam was asked by HKFP about the letters the club had written asking her for assurances that journalists would be able to write on any topic, and will not be ordered to remove content, under the controversial national security law enacted last week.“It is not a question of me standing here to give you a guarantee of what you may or may not do in the...
Hong Kong Free Press
HKFP’s 5th anniversary: Donate 10% of your gov’t handout to support press freedom
Last week, Hong Kong Free Press marked its fifth anniversary, a day before Beijing imposed a wide-reaching national security law. As we expect extra costs from heightened bureaucratic and legal scrutiny, HKFP has launched a 10% for Press Freedom appeal in lieu of our annual fundraiser. The campaign encourages recipients of the HK$10k government handout to contribute HK$1k to HKFP to help us future-proof our operations.We are enormously grateful to our monthly Patrons who have continued to support us well into 2020, and are appreciative of those who have already thought to contribute in recent ...
Hong Kong Free Press
When will they come for journalists?: Hong Kong press freedom under the new national security law
As June turned to July and the first half of the year comes to a close, a dark cloud has come down over Hong Kong. Beijing has passed its national security law.Journalists were already worried about the prospect of the law. The Hong Kong Journalists Association released the results of a survey on June 19 showing that a large majority of media staffers in the city were already nervous about what the results would be, even before seeing the draft of the law.The survey found 98 per cent of those who responded flatly opposed the law. 87 per cent believed that freedom of the press would be “severel...
Hong Kong Free Press
Australian court says raid at centre of press freedom row 'unlawful'
Sydney (AFP) - A search warrant used to raid a prominent Australian journalist's home in an operation that sparked wide-ranging debate over press freedom was overturned by the country's High Court on Wednesday.The seven-member bench unanimously ruled that the warrant to search the home of reporter Annika Smethurst in June 2019 was invalid and that the police search and seizure of data from her phone and laptop was unlawful.The raid sought to identify sources of a report published by Smethurst in April 2018 alleging that the government was planning to expand its powers to spy on Australian citi...