TO MOST Filipinos, it all began with the cackle of voices over the transistor radio. “I was informed by my boys that there is to be an effort to arrest all members of the reformist movement. . .” then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile said, launching a revolt that would, within four days, oust an entrenched dictator and launch the Philippines into world history.
THE DEMOCRACY and Disinformation Conference held last February 12 and 13 at the Ateneo de Manila University Rockwell campus in Makati City wasn’t exactly ignored by the media. But the coverage as a whole was not particularly enthusiastic about it either.
THE CENTER for Media Freedom & Responsibility deplores as an infringement on press freedom the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte barring online news site Rappler’s reporter Pia Ranada and its editor and CEO Maria Ressa from covering the Office of the President.
NEWS MEDIA organization Rappler is challenging in the courts the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) revocation of its Certificate of Incorporation. But the SEC decision should be sounding the alarm not only among journalists but for all Filipinos who believe in democracy and in the vital role that media plays in holding government accountable.