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JournSoc condemns Rappler chief’s arrest

JournSoc condemns Rappler chief’s arrest

Scenes
by LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN THE UST Journalism Society (JournSoc) released a statement on Thursday condemning the recent arrest of Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa. Ressa and former Rappler researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr. were indicted last week by the Department of Justice over a cyber libel case in connection to a Rappler article published in 2012. “The circumstances surrounding the arrest lead us to conclude that Ressa is being singled out of her news organization’s critical coverage of the Duterte administration,” the statement read. JournSoc questioned the manner of the arrest, which was conducted by ununiformed National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents on Wednesday past 5 p.m., the end of government office hours. “[It] could only mean that the forces be
Running after an enemy

Running after an enemy

Perspectives
PEOPLE WHO know only the surface of Rappler’s case would say he/she supports freedom of speech, but since the media entity allegedly violated the law, it must face the consequences. Smart and relevant people, on the other hand, would not focus on this aspect; they would analyze what messages this issue convey. In a decision dated Jan. 11, the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked the registration of online news site Rappler for “violating the constitutional and statutory Foreign Equity Restrictions in Mass Media enforceable through rules and laws within the mandate of the Commission.” Mass media, SEC upholds, is any medium of communication designed to reach a mass of people—print media, such as newspapers and magazines, broadcast media such as radio and television, and electron