‘FAKE NEWS KING’ AGUIRRE IN HOT WATER

YOUTH GROUP FILES ETHICS COMPLAINT AT OMBUDSMAN A youth group has filed administrativeethics complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman against Department of Justice (DoJ) Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre. The Millennial Against Dictators accused Aguirre of peddling “fake news” when he said … Continue reading ‘FAKE NEWS KING’ AGUIRRE IN HOT WATER

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NUJP: Beyond apology, police should change tact on people’s rights

June 20, 2014 We acknowledge the apology made by Davao City Police Director Senior Superintendent Vicente Danao on his outburst on three reporters. The apology was prompt coming from widespread criticism from fellow media and the public. We also commend the … Continue reading NUJP: Beyond apology, police should change tact on people’s rights

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Cybercrime Law and Noynoy

Anakbayan assails the recent passing of the ‘Anti-Cybercrime Law’, or Republic Act 10175, as a paranoid measure by an onion-skinned administration.     It is yet another step backward for basic democratic rights such as the freedom of speech. While there has been widespread clamor to ‘decriminalize’ libel, the Aquino administration instead extended its reach to the Filipino ‘blogsphere.         Many legal experts, and even the United Nations, have criticized Philippine libel laws as “an infringement on the freedom of expression”.     We are not surprised that President Aquino would support RA 10175. The Internet is one forum where his … Continue reading Cybercrime Law and Noynoy

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Human Rights Watch: Cybercrime law violates free expression rights

New York-based watchdog Human Rights Watch on Friday urged the Philippine government to “repeal or replace” the Cybercrime Prevention Act, saying it violates the Constitution as well as international conventions. Brad Adams, Asia director for HRW, said the law “violates Filipinos’ rights to free expression and it is wholly incompatible with the Philippine government’s obligations under international law.” The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the Philippines has been a partner since 1986, ensures “the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless … Continue reading Human Rights Watch: Cybercrime law violates free expression rights

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JOURNALISTS’ UNION BACKS DAVAO MEDIA WORKERS’ STRIKE VS. RADIO NETWORK

 STATEMENT July 10, 2012 NUJP-Davao upholds RMN Davao media workers’ right to strike The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines – Davao City Chapter (NUJP-Davao) supports the strike launched by the employees of Radio Mindanao Network Davao starting today. Faced with an employer heedless of its workers need of decent wages and benefits, the employees are left with no option but to strike, a bargaining act that is rightful under the constitution. The employer’s callousness to the wage demands of colleagues which are a pittance compared to the profit earned by the company deserves a damning action, no less. … Continue reading JOURNALISTS’ UNION BACKS DAVAO MEDIA WORKERS’ STRIKE VS. RADIO NETWORK

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Fearing Ampatuan ‘Chainsaw Gang,” witness in GMA poll fraud rap disappear

One of two vital witnesses in the electoral fraud case leveled against former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has disappeared after reports that a witness in the Maguindanao Massacre had been apparently “chainsawed” to death. The other would not take the … Continue reading Fearing Ampatuan ‘Chainsaw Gang,” witness in GMA poll fraud rap disappear

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CONGRESS SLAMMED FOR ANTI-MEDIA BILL

Senator Angara says bill not meant to gag media, vows to scrap restrictions; but media unconvinced SEVEN press groups and some lawmakers on Thursday slammed Congress for rushing the passage of a bill with a provision that would carry harsh penalties for journalists. How to unmuzzle the media. Senator Edgardo Angara assures journalists they will not be gagged. The Philippine Press Institute, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas, the Manila Overseas Press Club, the National Press Club, the Association of Philippine Journalists (Samahang Plaridel), and the Economic Journalists’ Association of the Philippines … Continue reading CONGRESS SLAMMED FOR ANTI-MEDIA BILL

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100 suspects in Ampatuan massacre remain free

Some 100 suspects in the gruesome massacre in the town of Ampatuan, Maguindanao that shocked the nation two years ago remain scot-free, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said Wednesday. Rowena Paraan, NUJP secretary general, stressed that only 96 of the 196 suspects have been arrested since the grisly manslaughter happened 30 months ago Wednesday. She lamented of those 64 suspects arraigned, only two are primary suspects -— former Maguindanao Gov. Andal S. Ampatuan Sr. and his son and namesake, Andal Ampatuan Jr., former mayor of Datu Unsay town. Another prominent family member, Zaldy Ampatuan, former governor of … Continue reading 100 suspects in Ampatuan massacre remain free

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On respecting the rights of media workers

COMMENTARY BY JESSIE CASALDA The call for respect for the right to freedom of opinion and  expression reverberates as the world celebrates Press Freedom Day. This is an important day as this is a reminder of a crucial requisite for a free society: a free press. Sadly, in this country, a lot about this call remains unheeded to this day. This is reflected with the way President Benigno Aquino III thinks condescendingly about members of the media. This is seen with the way crimes are still being committed against journalists by persons in power. This is shown with the way … Continue reading On respecting the rights of media workers

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