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Killers of journalists continue to evade justice worldwide

New York, November 1, 2022 – In the decade since the United Nations launched a Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity, no one has been brought to justice in nearly 80% of the 263 cases of journalists murdered in retaliation for their work worldwide, according to the Committee to…

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Filipino American investigative journalist and Rappler founder Maria Ressa speaks at an event at the Committee to Protect Journalists headquarters, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Press Freedom Center, in New York on September 21, 2022.

Hold the Line Coalition urges Philippine president to keep Maria Ressa out of jail

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. should demonstrate his stated commitment to press freedom by ending the State’s attempts to jail Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa, who is threatened with imprisonment in a Philippine jail, the Hold the Line Coalition has urged. This week, the Philippine Court of Appeals rejected Ressa’s motion for a reconsideration of her 2020…

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Despite long legal battle, alleged mastermind behind murder of courageous Filipino journalist still at large

Amsterdam, February 28, 2022 – Substantial flaws were found in the legal procedures in the case of murdered Filipino journalist Gerry Ortega, A Safer World For The Truth finds in its latest investigation. The report also finds that the alleged mastermind of Ortega’s murder, former governor of Palawan province Joel T. Reyes, still exerts considerable…

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#HoldTheLine Coalition welcomes dismissal of cyber libel charge against Maria Ressa and calls for remaining charges to be dropped

New York, August 12, 2021 – The #HoldTheLine (#HTL) Coalition welcomes the dismissal of a cyber libel charge against Rappler CEO and founder Maria Ressa in the Philippines — the second spurious charge against Ressa to be dropped in just two months. The #HTL coalition calls for all remaining charges to be immediately dropped and the…

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Killings of journalists rise as reprisal murders more than double in 2020

New York, December 22, 2020 –The number of journalists singled out for murder in reprisal for their work more than doubled this year, leading to a rise in overall work-related killings, CPJ found in a report released today. Globally, at least 30 journalists were killed on duty in 2020, including 21 reprisal murders, up from…

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#HoldTheLine Coalition calls for criminal tax charge to be dropped as Maria Ressa returns to court

The #HoldTheLine Coalition  demands the Philippines authorities drop a barrage of bogus tax and foreign ownership cases against internationally celebrated journalist Maria Ressa and Rappler – the news organisation she founded. “The prosecution of baseless financial charges and cases represents an attempt to use tax law and foreign ownership regulations as another weapon to criminalise…

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#HoldTheLine campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa and independent media in the Philippines

Sixty press freedom groups and civil society organisations, journalism institutions, filmmakers, and other supporters have formed a coalition in support of Maria Ressa and independent media in the Philippines, united around the call to #HoldTheLine. Today the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) announced the…

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Rappler editor Maria Ressa convicted of cyber libel by Philippines court

Bangkok, June 15, 2020 — In response to the guilty verdict in the cyber libel case against Rappler editor Maria Ressa in the Philippines, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “Today’s conviction and sentencing of Maria Ressa of up to six years in jail is an outrageous crime against press freedom,” said…

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CPJ board denounces arrest of Philippine journalist Maria Ressa

New York, February 13, 2019–The board of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists passed the following resolution in support of Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, executive editor and founder of critical news website Rappler, after she was arrested today in Manila: Freedom of the press is an essential pillar of democracy and human rights. The…

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A main thoroughfare during rush hour in Quezon City, Philippines in February 2018. A Filipino journalist died on May 2, 2018, from injuries sustained in a shooting attack on April 30 in Dumaguete City. (Reuters/Dondi Tawatao)

Radio reporter killed in the Philippines

Bangkok, May 2, 2018–A Filipino journalist died today of injuries sustained in a shooting attack on April 30 in Dumaguete City in the island nation’s central region, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the shooting and called on authorities to identify those responsible and swiftly bring them to justice.

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