Kakampi ng Rappler: Foreign media group concerned over raps filed vs. Ressa
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has brought to the attention of the Department of Justice (DOJ) its concern that the charges against online news website Rappler have been politically motivated.
“The oppressive working environment for journalists in the Philippines is alarming,” CPJ board chair Kathleen Caroll said on Tuesday (April 16).
“The Duterte government files case after case against Rappler while the president himself lobs sustained, often personal attacks against individual journalist,” she pointed out.
The concerns were aired by the CPJ officials during their meeting with DOJ Undersecretary Markk Perete last April 15.
“I don’t think we reached an agreement on the way they do these cases,” CPJ Asia program coordinator Steve Butler lamented.
During the meeting, Butler recounted Perete responded with the assurance that “the law is being followed and that there was no political agenda.”
However, Butler disagreed.
“These sequence of cases suggests that they are highly political and they are not accidental,” he stressed.
He noted that Rappler which is known to be a critic of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is facing so far a total of 11 charges in various courts.