“The closure of ABS-CBN’s regional stations also deprives millions upon millions of Filipinos throughout the country of a major source of credible news and information even as the national struggles against the pandemic.”
Tags: attacks on Philippine media
Under the Duterte administration, attacks on alternative media have been persistent. Altermidya documented one case of frustrated murder, eight cases of arrest and detention, 28 cases of threat and intimidation, which include surveillance, two cases of physical injuries, and six cases of cyber-attacks against its member-media outfits.
By TILDE ACUÑA
By DEE AYROSO
“We will not lose our family.” — Vice Ganda
By pounding on ABS-CBN, Duterte aims to create a chilling effect among media practitioners. If he could bully the biggest broadcast network, what could stop him from doing the same to others? He and his minions in the House wield the franchise renewal like a Damocles sword, ready to maim freedom of speech and whatever is left of our democracy.
“They subjected me to psywar and harassed me, saying I was not allowed to carry out interviews.”
“We call on Congress to do what is right and immediately pass the bill to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise.”