SEC to Rappler : Prove politics behind revocation

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chair Teresita Herbosa challenged online news agency Rappler to prove that the cancellation of their certificate of incorporation was  politically motivated. Teresita Herbosa, SEC chairperson claimed “Whoever didn’t get what they wanted from us, maybe they wanted us to say the PDRs were legal, then …

NTC XI wants 30 colorum radio stations to sign off

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — For operating without the necessary government permit, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) XI wants 30 unlicensed or colorum  radio stations in the Davao region to sign off. Among those recommended for closure is a radio station in Davao Oriental reportedly owned by a Congressman. “They operate without the required permit,” says …

Duterte nothing to do with SEC decision-Roque

DAVAO City, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte did not peddle influence on the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to revoke the Articles of Incorporation of news agency Rappler.com. In a press briefing Tuesday, January 16, Presidential Spokesperson harry Roque said Maria Ressa, the president of Rappler  should have known the the provision …

Malaya Publisher Amado “Jake” Macasaet passes away

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Veteran journalist and Malaya Newspaper publisher Amado “Jake” Macasaet died on Sunday, January 7. He was 81. The first day of the wake on Sunday, being held at the Heritage Park in Taguig City, is only open for family. Additional details will soon be announced. His daughter Carina Macasaet in a …

Bill penalizing writers of “fake news” pending in Congress

NAGA CITY, Philippines — Two Bills are pending in the House of Representatives which seek to penalize people behind the spread of “fake news”. Bagong Henerasyon Party List Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy said that the spread of “fake news” in media must now end, otherwise, “we will end up as a society of people with a …

Uganda Court Releases Red Pepper Editors

Uganda-  The eight (8) Red Pepper editors and senior managers arrested in Uganda on November based on charges of libel, offensive communication and publication of information prejudicial to security were granted bail pending further judicial proceedings on decvember 23, 2017. On 21 November, police operatives removed eight directors and editors from their offices at Pepper …

PH, Cambodia forge media cooperation pact

SIEM REAP, Cambodia — The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Ministry of Information of the Kingdom of Cambodia signed here on Friday a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) aimed at fostering greater media collaboration. The agreement was inked by PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar and Cambodian Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith. The signing was witnessed by …

WAN-IFRA, WEF Call Uganda President Museveni to allow press to carry out watchdog role

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum, which represent 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries, has urged Uganda President Yoweri Museveni to allow the press to carry out its essential role as a watchdog. “In the …