Tag: Press freedom

Justice for Juan Jumalon! End Impunity Now!

November 6, 2023

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines, together with its allied groups and fellow progressive media sector formations, condemn in the strongest terms the brutal killing of Juan “Johnny Walker” Jumalon this morning, November 5.

Jumalon, 57, was killed on air as he tended to his morning broadcast at the 94.7 Calamba Gold FM. His murder, done in broad daylight at his home station in Calamba town, was caught live on his station’s Facebook Page Livestream.

Rappler’s Ressa acquittal, a victory against media repression – CPDG

January 19, 2023

The Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) applauds the decision of the Court of Tax Appeals to acquit Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa and Rappler of the tax evasion charges filed by the Duterte administration on date. This, by far, is the latest triumph against state intimidation on its critics and media repression.

On World Press Freedom Day: “Reclaim our right to express and our free spaces”—CPDG

May 4, 2022

“Duterte, like the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, repressed the media and ordered the closure of the broadcast network ABS–CBN. Media outfits, news organizations, and journalists have been red-tagged or accused of being communist sympathizers, and journalists, including Lady Salem and Maria Ressa, have been arrested and incarcerated, yet freed afterwards. This only means that speaking the truth should not be criminalized and journalists should not be harassed,” Liza Maza, CPDG spokesperson, said.

Resist continuing attacks on basic rights: Reclaim our democratic spaces!—CPDG

March 12, 2022

PRESS STATEMENTMarch 12, 2022 The Council for People’s Development and Governance condemns the recent press freedom attack on Rappler by Solicitor General Calida and COMELEC’s subsequent rescinding of its partnership for fact-checking in the May 9, 2022 presidential elections. Calida claimed that Rappler is prejudiced and partial, as it seals fact-checking partnership with the Commission […]

People’s Review of SDG 16: Asserting People’s Right to Development and Governance Amid Shrinking Democratic Spaces

November 30, 2021

Through the Council for People’s Development and Governance’s PH Civil Society SDG Watch, ASCENT-Assert Socio-Economic Initiatives Network, Leyte Center for Development, Inc., Karapatan, Defend Panay Network, EcuVoice Philippines, WeGovern Institute, SAKA, Mindanao Interfaith Services Foundation, Inc. – MISFI, and Altermidya held the People’s Review of SDG 16 forum entitled “Asserting People’s Right to Development and […]