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 …

ASEAN, China ink media cooperation pact

SUZHOU, China — The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) signed an agreement seeking to further enhance and create platforms for media exchanges and cooperation with its dialogue partner, China. The representatives of major news media and information agencies from China and six ASEAN member states Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and the Philippines drafted a …

Only 3 major matters on Maguindanao massacre trial left for resolution

MANILA, Philippiines —  Only three major matters have yet to be resolved in relation to the Maguindanao massacre case trial, the Supreme Court (SC) said Wednesday. In its latest update, the SC Public Information Office (PIO) said these are the resolution of the remaining formal offer of evidence (FOE) of the evidence-in-chief, demurrers to evidence, and …

Lawyer wants media explanation over leaked Ventura testimony

 MANILA, Philippines —\A lawyer mulls filing a motion before the Department of Justice for a show cause order to members of the media in connection with the leaked sworn statement of Aegis Jurisfratman Marc Anthony Ventura over the hazing death of University of Santo Tomas (UST) law freshman Horacio “Atio” Castillo III. Paris Real, counsel …

Malacañang press briefing room relaunched

MANILA, Philippines — Old facade finally over. This best describes the relaunching of the  over century old Malacañang Press Briefing Room (MPBR)  at the New Executive Building. The office under the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on October 12, 2017 as it underwent renovation recently. No less than President Rodrigo Duterte led the opening of …

Agri Sec files cyber libel charge vs. Baguio journalist over Fb post

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Agriculture Secretary  Emmanuel Piñol filed cyber libel against Frank Cimatu, a  newsman from Baguio City over his facebook post. Piñol felt slighted with Cimatu’s post on September 24 reads “Agri sec got rish by P21-M in 6months. Bird flu pa more”,  as it implies “something” to his reputation as public servant. …

WAN-IFRA and ACOS sponsor journalist safety training in Phl

PARIS, France — With longstanding problems of terrorist insurgency and drug-related violence, journalists in the Philippines are increasingly confronted with how to cover stories while remaining safe. A combined forum and training program, held in Cebu in mid-September, addressed these issues, where nearly 50 participants attended the four-day event. Journalists in the Philippines are no …