JEERS TO ABS-CBN 2′s Bandila for blatantly violating the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas’ (KBP) Broadcast Code of the Philippines and the network’s own internal “Standards Ethics Manual” in a report about an alleged ‘flesh-eating’ disease that the same report said was “slowly spreading” (unti-unting kumakalat) in the province of Pangasinan. The first of […]
JEERS TO TV Patrol and 24 Oras for allotting a large percentage of air time to the incident involving celebrity-host Vhong Navarro, and failing to provide reports on key issues and events that day.
In a memorandum forwarded to CMFR dated 10 February 2013, the Office of the Chief Philippine National Police (OCPNP) said that police officer Rex delos Reyes, the primary suspect in the shooting of dyOK Aksyon Radyo Iloilo reporter Jonavin “Jhey-r” Villalba was gunned down in Barangay (Village) Miranda, Hinigaran town in Negros Occidental on 25 January 2013.
CMFR/Philippines – A journalist said the mayor of Gonzaga town in the coast of Cagayan province threatened him over the phone on 20 February 2014 for reporting the persistence of illegal black sand mining in the area. The mayor has denied making the threat, and said he only warned the journalist against reporting “lies,” for which […]
By Luis V. Teodoro
LIBEL AS a means of repression has been problematic in the Philippines even before the Revised Penal Code (RPC) went into effect in January, 1932.
THE FEBRUARY 18 ruling of the Supreme Court declaring key provisions of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (RA 10175) unconstitutional is a victory for free expression. But its declaring the provision on libel committed through the Internet constitutional retains one of the most problematic provisions of the Act.
In 2012 CMFR asked for the repeal of the Act and the crafting of a less restrictive law. While crimes committed over the Internet such as child pornography need legal sanctions, the Cybercrime Act throws such a wide net it penalizes even legitimate expressions of opinion online.
MICS conflict reporting seminar; SEJ awards for environmental reporting
AMERICAN JOURNALIST and newspaper editor Lawrence “Bo” Connor died last February 28. He was 88.
AMERICAN JOURNALIST William “Bill” Thomas died last February 23. He was 89.
17th UP Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop names fellows; Human Rights Advocates Program; and Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Awards
STATEMENT OF THE RIGHT TO KNOW, RIGHT NOW! COALITION
WE ARE members of the Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition, a network of more than 150 organizations from various sectors that have long been campaigning for the passage of a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. Together with concerned groups and individuals, we are lighting candles in the early evening today, September 27, at the gates of the House of Representatives, to symbolize our desire to have a government where information is illuminated and made accessible to all citizens. We are joined by other groups in simultaneous action in different localities, and by those who express solidarity and common call through social media using the hashtag #LightUp4FOI.