New threats to outspoken Philippine media outlets

first_img “Site currently not available” is the error message you see when trying to access the Kodao website. As a result of a cyber-attack consisting of a malicious code injection at around midnight on 1 February, the site is no longer able to post new content and readers cannot access past content. February 6, 2018 – Updated on February 8, 2018 New threats to outspoken Philippine media outlets News Organisation News “It should be a mere formality, nothing more than a stamp on a four-page document. Given the Catholic Church’s criticism of the Duterte administration, this refusal to renew clearly seems to be politically motivated. Meanwhile, as Kodao is well known for its uncompromising criticism of the authorities, its suspension also has all the hallmarks of a reprisal against the free press.” Receive email alerts On 15 January, a government spokesman announced the withdrawal of the licence of Rappler, the country’s leading news website, which has appealed against the decision. RSF referred the licence withdrawal to the United Nations, which responded 10 days later by expressing deep concern about this violation of media freedom. Help by sharing this information Philippine journalists and media workers organize regular demonstrations in support of media outlets under attack (photo: Ted Aljibe / AFP). Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped June 1, 2021 Find out more RSF_en February 16, 2021 Find out more “We urge Philippine parliamentarians to address the Catholic Media Network application so that this licence can finally be renewed,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. Founded in 2000, Kodao Productions is known for its coverage of human rights, the environment and the decades-old, on-off peace talks between successive governments and the Maoist left. Catholic Media Network, for its part, has often referred to the extra-judicial killings linked to the “war on drugs” waged by Duterte, which has already had an estimated death toll of 4,000. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet center_img Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa ‘‘Dutertards’’ The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, which runs the network, now fears that the 54 radio stations could be shut down at any time. Follow the news on Philippines News to go further Concern is growing about the fate of Catholic Media Network, a nationwide network of 54 Catholic Church-run radio stations whose 25-year licence expired on 4 August 2017. The licence renewal application was submitted on 24 January 2017 but has been blocked ever since in the House of Representatives, where it has yet to be put on the agenda of the relevant committee. News The cyber-attack on Kodao could have been the work of President Duterte’s army of trolls, also known as “Dutertards.” According to a recent University of Oxford study, he spent 200,000 dollars on recruiting them. Kodao Productions, a Philippine alternative news website, is still down after being the target of a cyber-attack six days ago. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is worried about this latest blow to media freedom, which comes against a backdrop of government hostility towards critical media outlets, including Catholic Church radio stations. The attack has come amid mounting tension between allies of President Rodrigo Duterte and media outlets of various ideological tendencies whose common feature is a readiness to criticize the quick-tempered president’s policies. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines is now organizing regular “Black Friday” demonstrations in support of media outlets that have been the victims of government hostility. The Philippines is ranked 127th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. May 3, 2021 Find out more Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days agolast_img read more

One dead, one injured in ambush by bandits on journalists’ union car

first_img SomaliaAfrica Follow the news on Somalia News Three gunmen today ambushed a vehicle carrying leaders of the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), a Reporters Without Borders partner organisation, on the road from Baidoa to Mogadishu, killing their driver, Madey Garas. One of the journalists was slightly injured.“Like our NUSOJ friends, we are shocked by this deadly act of banditry, which has cost the life of a media assistant,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The situation in Somalia is terrible for journalists and press freedom activists. They are exposed to the same generalised violence as the rest of the population as well as being subject to the dictates of those in power.”The organisation added: “We offer our sincere condolences to the murdered driver’s family and we reaffirm our commitment to work with NUSOJ for the freedom and independence of Somalia’s journalists.”NUSOJ secretary-general Omar Faruk Osman and Fahad Mohamad Abukar, the vice-president of its supreme council, were heading to Mogadishu from the inland city of Baidoa, the capital of the Bay Region, in a car driven by Garas, an experienced driver from the Bay Region. They were travelling with two armed bodyguards.Shortly after 9:30 am, around 45 km from Baidoa, they saw a roadblock manned by three individuals with guns who were making signs for them to stop. When the two NUSOJ bodyguards pulled out their guns, the gunmen at the roadblock opened fire on the car, hitting Garas in the head and killing him instantly.The bodyguards fired back and managed to put the gunmen to flight. During the exchange of shots, Abukar’s right hand was injured by flying splinters. He is being treated in the nearest locality, about 60 km from Baidoa.Reached by telephone, Osman told Reporters Without Borders: “We are in a state of shock after this tragic and stupid incident. Our clothes are covered in our driver’s blood. We are really distressed by his death. But we will go to Mogadishu all the same.” Receive email alerts August 4, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 One dead, one injured in ambush by bandits on journalists’ union car March 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en News Newscenter_img February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region to go further Organisation Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Help by sharing this information SomaliaAfrica RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more