Gov’t puts up P700M state of the art Media Hub in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines —  Mindanao will soon have a state-of-the art, government-owned media hub as Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go and PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar led the groundbreaking ceremony of the P700 million Mindanao Media Hub along Carlos P. Garcia Highway in Davao City. In an interview, Andanar said the facility will …

Dumaguete media air indignation over broadcaster’s death

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Journalists in Dumaguete City are up in arms against the death of broadcaster Edmund Sestoso, of DYGB-FM, who was brutally killed by still unknown gunman last Monday, April 30, 2018. Reports revealed, Sestoso was shot five times in broad daylight by riding in tandem assassins in Barangay Daro, Dumaguete City. Police …

NBI files cyber libel raps vs. Rappler

MANILA, Philippines  — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed a cyber libel complaint before the Department of Justice (DOJ) against online news website Rappler’s chief executive officer Maria Ressa and eight others in connection with the complaint filed by a businessman regarding an article it has published in 2012. In a transmittal letter signed by …

“Rappler might be CIA sponsored” : Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte Thursday said, he invoked executive prerogative when he ordered the ban on all Rappler reporters from entering Malacañang and covering his events. Duterte said “Because it is not a legitimate agency, according to SEC. So, I am now invoking executive action based on the SEC ruling,” During the …

Duterte suspends Rappler’s MPC accreditation, Ranada and Ressa cannot enter Malacañang

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo R. Duterte temporarily suspends Malacañang’s media accreditation issued to Rappler, which in effect prohibits Pia Ranada and Maria Ressa to enter Malacañang Complex and to cover the activities of the President. In lieu of this development, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, emphasized “Rappler still has the right to write, anything …

PSG threatens to ban rude journalists inside Malacañang complex

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Presidential Security Group Commander, Big. Gen.   Lope Dagoy threatened to ban rude and disrespectful  journalists,  to enter the entire Malacañang complex following the Tuesday incident involving reporters from Rappler and television giant ABS-CBN. Dagoy was reacting to the “rude” attitude displayed by Rappler reporter Pia Ranada, ABS-CBN reporter and cameraman,  who …

Rappler reporter barred from entering Malacañang Palace

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — A reporter  of Rappler was initially prevented from entering Malacañang Palace Tuesday morning, but few minutes later she was allowed entry. Pia Ranada, a Malacañang-accredited reporter was stopped by the Presidential Security Group (PSG) from entering the New Executive Building of Malacañang compound citing an order from “Higher Ups” which turned …

Healthy engagement between private, gov’t communicators urged

DAVAO CITY, Philippines  — Given that the delivery of message is not a singular event, public information officers have been urged to engage stakeholders, particularly the media, to effectively cascade “real” and “truthful” information that would eventually be consumed by the masses. With the prevalence of false information circulating in social media, Philippine Star columnist Luisito …

Rise in Militia Groups Threatens Press Freedom

As militias around the world see a rise in power and influence, journalist safety has become a growing concern. In all corners of the globe, journalists must navigate armed groups, organized criminal gangs and terrorist organizations in order to report the truth. By Colette Davidson Editha Caduaya is used to checkpoints. In order to cross …

Off the record

Journalists launched a Black Friday Protest to protect press freedom in the country. But behind the much talked, much publicized, press freedom issue, members of the working press continue to suffer and agonize a much bigger problem– from unfair labor practice to harassment in the workplace down to security  problems which many media industry disregarded …