Early this week, news broke that the Security Exchange Commission (SEC) made a decision to revoke Rappler’s license. This attack on the free press— and on Duterte’s critics— is alarming, though not at all surprising. With our fragile democracy at stake, now is not the time for indifference.
We concerned Filipino bloggers stand for the rights to free expression and to free speech. And our first responsibility is to protect these rights.
We thus stand with Rappler, its right to exist, the rights of its working journalists and contributors, and the rights of its community of readers.
We stand against moves to silence and scare journalists, bloggers and media practitioners just because the President and his ardent supporters dislike their news and views.
Now is a time for making choices amid battles between truth and lies, debate and dissonance, democracy and dictatorship.
We sign our names here to tell everyone we have made a choice. We are bloggers for freedom.
Myk Mykapalaran Cruz
James Romer V. Velina
Mc Richard Viana Paglicawan
Saul de Jesus
Mark Will Mayo Magallanes
Rhadem Camlian Morados
Czarina Maye Noche
John Clifford Sibayan
Inday Espina Varona
Eugene Alvin Villar
Reynaldo Pagsolingan Jr.
Renz Daniel de Vera
If you are able to, the media and arts alliance LODI (Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity) will be holding the Black Friday action tonight, 6:00 pm, at the Boy Scouts Circle at Timog cor. Morato, Quezon City.
You may also stand with Rappler and press freedom by heading over to rappler.com/support to support their crowdfunding.