Media Under Attack in Philippines: Rappler

Numerous non-profit organizations in the Philippines accuse the Duterte administration of using the Covid-19 pandemic to attack the press freedoms and block scrutiny of corruption and human rights abuses. A Manila court convicted Rappler’s CEO Maria Ressa and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr. of cyber libel for a 2012 report. One group said “the verdict delivers a ‘chilling effect’ to other media practitioners who are ‘about to expose an anomaly and corruption from the government, in fear of a cyberlibel case,’” reports Ryan Macasero for Rappler. “[T]he verdict was based on the retroactive application of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which was passed 4 months after Santos’ article was published.” The judge considered correction of a typo in 2014 as republication of the article, hence covered under the law. Ressa and Santos are appealing the verdict, but also face seven other cses filed by government agencies. – YaleGlobal

Media Under Attack in Philippines: Rappler

The Duterte administration uses the courts to control media criticism and questions on corruption and human rights abuses
Ryan Macasero
Tuesday, June 16, 2020

When journalists are under attack, democracy is under attack. Social media platforms are now the world’s largest distributor of news, but, while they’ve taken the revenues, they’ve ignored the gatekeeping powers that news groups have traditionally had. “It takes courage to fight back against the insidious manipulation these platforms have enabled. They’re now used as a weapon against journalists – where lies laced with anger and hate spread faster than facts….  “Without facts, we don’t have truth. Without truth, there is no trust. Without all three, you can’t have democracy. This is why democracy is broken around the world.” Maria Ressa Keynote Address Investigative Journalism Conference, 2019
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Ryan Macasero honed his journalism chops as a community reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. He majored in international studies and minored in political science at California State University, East Bay.

Also read the article from Rappler about the convictions of CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa and former Rappler researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr over cyber libel charges.

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