Over three years ago, the nation has been promised: change is coming. And change did come, but things took a turn for the worse. As the nation marks President Rodrigo Duterte’s third year in power, we look back in sheer dismay over the unprecedented attacks perpetrated primarily by the state, with the apparent goal of…
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“All these are patent acts of tyranny, and we urge our fellow journalists, human rights advocates, and the public to continue resisting these abuses.”
The NUJP said that while it was important to secure the country and the people from the threats of terrorism, the bill would only do more harm than good by pushing the people to surrender their rights and liberties as citizens of a democratic country.
“The reason why government regard the free press as the enemy is because the government fear the free press of its power.”
“The Duterte administration uses the entire coercive power of the State to attack and quell the independent press and these attacks are instigated and led by the madman in Malacañang Palace himself.”
The ban extends to any journalist who would write or broadcast anything that the President deems to be ‘fake news.’
“There is no singular, proven fact in that hogwash.“
“PCIJ had wished only for the Dutertes to offer clear, direct, straightforward replies to our queries.”
“If we recall, during the Marcos dictatorship, the first thing he did was to suppress the media.
By DEE AYROSO
“With at least 12 colleagues slain under the watch of a president who has actually justified the murder of journalists–remember “Just because you’re a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you’re a son of a bitch?”–and openly and constantly curses and threatens media, we are taking this matter very, very seriously.”