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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 …

Journalists up in arms to protect press freedom

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Journalists launched a Black Friday Protest to protect press freedom in the country. Last Friday, January 19, 2018  journalists,bloggers and media workers mostly based in Metro Manila gathered together on Tomas Morato Quezon City to denounce the recent decision  of the  Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The SEC revoked the corporate …

Duterte not involve in the proposed amendment to free speech-Roque

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Saturday said the proposal to amend provision in the Bill of Rights mandating for a “responsible” exercise of freedom of speech had nothing to do with the chief executive. Under the envisioned shift to federal form of government, House of Representatives is also pushing for an amendment on …

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 …