We condemn the Philippine Army for carrying out cyber crimes against independent media outfits. We take offense at the duplicity they have shown regarding this incident – publicly professing respect for press freedom but launching vicious digital attacks, and never cooperating with other government agencies.
Online confab on historical revisionism slated 3rd week of September
The conference aims to deepen the discourse about the martial law years and correct the twisted narratives being perpetrated by groups who want Filipinos to forget those dark years in the nation’s history.
ABS-CBN shutdown: An assault to the people’s right to know
STATEMENT Bulatlat.com Congress has done it again: betray the Filipino people. This time, by striking another blow to press freedom and the people’s right to know. To say that the members of the media sector are perturbed and disappointed is an understatement: we are beyond aghast by how the supposed politicians who were thrust to…
We will fight back a greater reign of terror
STATEMENT Just when we thought things could not get worse, Pesident Rodrigo Duterte signed today the “Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020,” a law that many legal pundits, human rights advocates, and no less than the United Nations Human Rights Council itself – gravely warned about. With the stroke of a pen, Duterte has unleashed a greater…
Joint Statement | We reject the Terror Bill
While we all agree that the fight against terrorism is important and needs the participation and cooperation of everyone, we maintain that the proposed law is open to abuse by despotic governments to visit terror against critics and the people in general.
STATEMENT | Reporting the people’s demands is not a crime
Local government executives should keep in mind that that the current national emergency does not empower officials to silence dissent and curtail press freedom, both of which are essential to a functional democracy in which elected officials are duty-bound to defend the Constitution.
Arrest of relief volunteers is also an attack on free expression
The recent spate of red-tagging and brazen use of authority against media and the people’s growing dissent speak volumes of how the Duterte administration – and its emboldened security forces – are facing the COVID-19 pandemic not only with apparent incompetence, but also with its usual self-serving and despotic brand of governance.
“Fake news” provision threatens freedom of the press, expression
While we acknowledge the need to fight disinformation in this time of crisis, we fear the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act will only end up criminalizing free speech. We assert that the best way to fight disinformation is through education and the truth.
Bulatlat denounces PCOO’s media discrimination and repression amid COVID-19 lockdown
Amid our continuing coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bulatlat denounces the discrimination against the alternative media perpetuated by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF)
STATEMENT: Alternative media outfits under attack fight back
Marking the anniversary of the first ever internet connection in the Philippines, alternative media outifts are fighting back as they filed a civil complaint for damages against two companies found by experts to be the source of the relentless cyber-attacks against their websites. “This is definitely a first and it will serve as a testament…
#DearPope | Open letter to Pope Francis from Yolanda survivors
His Holiness Pope Francis, Greetings of peace and love from the Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) survivors! Indeed we have the same wish: a wish of a poor church and for the poor… for we are the poor in the church. In the spirit of mercy and compassion (the theme of your visit to the Philippines,) we…