Rappler Founder and Executive Editor Maria Ressa is escorted by police after posting bail in Pasig Regional Trial Court in Pasig City, Philippines, on March 29, 2019. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

'You cannot muzzle the media'

April 19, 2019 12:00 AM ET

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Earlier this week a CPJ mission to the Philippines, led by Board Chair Kathleen Carroll, found increasing levels of intimidation and a shrinking space for the free press in the country. A series of 11 legal cases against the news website Rappler, that appear to be politically motivated, have helped created a climate of fear, leading to greater self-censorship.

Rappler Founder and Executive Editor Maria Ressa, who was honored with CPJ's Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award in November, was featured this Wednesday in TIME magazine's list of the 100 "most influential" people in 2019 for her commitment to "exposing corruption, documenting abuse and combating misinformation."

Global press freedom updates

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  • Romanian investigative journalist Emilia Șercan receives death threats
  • Why the prosecution of Julian Assange is troubling for press freedom
  • 'You cannot muzzle the media': Nigerian journalists on press freedom under Buhari
  • Civil case filed in US over murder of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickramatunga
  • Two sentenced to death for 2018 killing of Afghan journalist Abdul Manan Arghand
  • Bahraini journalist believed to be detained on false news charges
  • Algeria expels AFP bureau chief Aymeric Vincenot after accreditation expires
  • Cuban police detain journalist, confiscating equipment and imposing fines
  • Finnish journalist Johanna Vehkoo fined for criminal defamation
  • Read the latest Turkey Crackdown Chronicle, CPJ's weekly round-up of press freedom violations in the country
  • Brazilian court orders online magazine Crusoé to remove article about judge
  • Journalists injured while covering protests in northwestern Iraq, Albania, and Bulgaria
  • Tandav News editor Giri investigated under Nepal's cybercrime act
  • Australian journalists could be jailed for allegedly violating court's gag order


The Tanzanian government's failure to investigate Azory Gwanda's case is a reflection of deteriorating of conditions for the press. (Photo credit: Mwananchi Publications Limited)

Sunday will mark 17 months since independent Tanzanian journalist Azory Gwanda went missing. The Tanzanian government has failed to launch a credible investigation into his fate, and on occasion has even dismissed his case offhand. Gwanda had been investigating cases of mysterious killings in his community leading up to his disappearance.

Join CPJ in demanding answers to his whereabouts by sharing the hashtags #WhereIsAzory and #MrudisheniAzory on social media.

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