Frenchiemae Cumpio

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CPJ calls on President-elect Marcos to protect press freedom in the Philippines

CPJ writes to President-elect Marcos about the current state of press freedom in the Philippines and requests that he take immediate action to reverse his predecessor’s abusive acts.

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‘Red-tagging’ of journalists looms over Philippine elections

As Philippine presidential candidates wind up their campaigns before the May 9 election, journalists in the country are demanding that whoever succeeds President Rodrigo Duterte put an end to “red tagging” –  the labeling of individuals as rebels or supporters of the communist insurgency – that helped put their colleague Frenchiemae Cumpio behind bars.  Cumpio, the 23-year-old executive director…

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CPJ, 73 media and rights groups urge Asian heads of state to release jailed journalists

Given that a staggering number of imprisoned journalists are held in jails across the Asian continent, CPJ and other groups call on leaders of these countries to release them at this time of grave public health concern.

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Security forces are seen in San Juan, the Philippines, on March 2, 2020. Police recently arrested journalist Frenchiemae Cumpio on firearms charges. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

Philippine journalist Frenchiemae Cumpio detained since February on firearms charges

Philippine journalist Frenchiemae Cumpio has been held in detention since February 7, 2020, on “illegal firearms possession” charges, according to news reports and a statement by the National Union of the Journalists of the Philippines, a local press freedom group.

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