Foreign journalists hit state of Philippine media

A group of foreign journalists on Tuesday blasted what they called “increasing levels of intimidation and a shrinking space for the free press” in the country.

In a news briefing, the journalists led by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) have expressed concern over the unnecessary pressure being faced by Filipino journalists as they cited the string of cases filed against Rappler.

CPJ board chair Kathleen Carroll, Australia-based Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom director Peter Greste, and CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler were among the attendees during the press event.

They disclosed that journalists they interviewed cited the practice of red-tagging, or accusing reporters of affiliation to communists.

Last month, four alternative media groups filed a civil suit against two information technology companies they allegedly traced as the source of Distributed Denial of Service attacks that shut down their websites between December and February.

“The oppressive working environment for journalists in the Philippines is alarming,” Carroll said.

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