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Pushback against authoritarian populism is working, human rights group says
Human Rights Watch: The rise of authoritarian populism seems "less inevitable than it did a year ago" Annual report is critical of China, Russia, US
Philippine investigators summon boss of news site derided by Duterte
MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine law enforcement agency has summoned the head of Rappler, a news site known for challenging President Rodrigo Duterte, to answer a complaint related to cyber crime, adding to problems for an outlet central to a row over press freedom. The country's corporate regulator
Survey shows Filipinos more satisfied with Duterte government than any other
MANILA (Reuters) - Public satisfaction with the performance of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's government rose in December to the highest level on record since one of the country's top pollsters started conducting opinion surveys in 1980s. His administration obtained an "excellent" net satis
Trump Era Is Encouraging Rise of World's Dictators, Human Rights Group Says
A prominent human rights group has accused Donald Trump of encouraging the rise of oppressive leaders around the world. In its annual report analyzing the state of human rights across the globe, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned that the surge of authoritarian populists seems increasingly inevitable w
The World Has Officially Lost Confidence In U.S. Leadership Under Trump
Global views on U.S. leadership have plummeted since President Donald Trump took office, according to a Gallup poll. The poll, released Thursday, shows that only 30 percent of the public approves of U.S. leadership, down from 48 percent in 2016. At the same time, 43 percent of people expressed a neg
Mount Mayon erupts bringing a state of calamity to the Philippines
MANILA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - A central Philippine province declared a state of calamity on Tuesday as a volcano spewed lava that reached the limits of a six-km radius no-go zone and spread ash on nearby farming villages. Mount Mayon, a volcano in Albay province in the coconut-growing central Bicol reg
Philippines' Duterte urges Congress to pass bill for self-rule in Muslim region
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday urged Congress to pass a bill granting self-rule to the country's Muslim minority, warning that its collapse would see separatist rebels abandon a peace process and declare war again. The largest Muslim rebel group, Moro Islamic Li
Philippines shares lower at close of trade; PSEi Composite down 0.32%
Philippines shares lower at close of trade; PSEi Composite down 0.32% Investing.com - Philippines equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Mining & Oil, Banking & Financials and Holding Firms sectors propelled shares lower. At the close in Philippines, the PSEi Composite lost 0
Philippine lawmakers worry China Telecom may be a 'Trojan horse'
MANILA (Reuters) - Opposition members of the Philippine Congress raised concern on Wednesday that China Telecom Corp Ltd, which may enter the Philippine industry, could be a "Trojan horse" aimed at giving China access to state secrets. The Southeast Asian country aims to name a third telecom operat
How to Stand Up For Human Rights in the Age of Trump
Western democracies that were once reliable defenders of human rights have been consumed by a nativist backlash, leaving an open field for dictators and demagogues. One year ago, there seemed to be no stopping politicians around the globe who claimed to speak for "the people" but built followings by
Is this the beginning of the end for freedom of the press in the Philippines?
Opinion Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events A protester covered his mouth with tape on Wednesday during a protest for press freedom in Manila. (Rolex dela Pena/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock) Manuel Quezon III is a
Trump unveils 'Fake News Awards' after drawing rebuke from Republican senator
Arizona lawmaker Jeff Flake levelled the broadside in an address from the Senate floor earlier in the day, delivering a one-two punch after veteran Republican John McCain penned an op-ed assailing Trump's spoof awards. The brash Republican president announced his top-ten list - which included his re
A 'Fraught Time' For Press Freedom In The Philippines
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte does not like the press. Stung by critical media reporting, he has in the past months called some of the country's largest media organizations "bullshit," "garbage," "son of a bitch." Journalists, he said, have no shame. They are corrupt fabulists and hypocrites
Facebook became your news diet. Now, it's going to serve you junk.
Forget about media outlets and Facebook - worry about readers. Facebook's 2 billion monthly users have come to rely on the social network as a way to keep up with the news. Now Facebook is limiting the reach of news publishers, leaving a vacuum to be filled with... well, it's anyone's best guess. T
Trump's Attacks on Media Embolden Authoritarians, Flake Says
Jeff Flake leaves the Senate chamber on Jan. 17. President Donald Trump is emboldening authoritarian leaders around the world by dismissing media coverage of his administration as "fake news," Arizona Republican Jeff Flake said in a Senate floor speech Wednesday. "It is past time to stop excusing or
Trump's false claim that alleged terror suspect brought two dozen relatives to U.S.
Analysis Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events "This man that came in, or whatever you want to call him, brought in, with him, other people. And he was a point - he was the point of contact, the primary poi
Philippines orders further probes into news site that angered Duterte
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' justice department ordered investigations on Wednesday into possible criminal liability of Rappler, a news site known for challenging the government that has been dubbed a "fake news outlet" by the country's controversial president. The Securities and Exchange Co
The Fake News Awards are another escalation in Trump's assault on press freedoms
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in Washington on Feb. 16, 2017. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press) President Trump is scheduled to host a farce of a media celebration, a Fake News Awards presentation, on Wednesday. It's as though, once the Hollywood awards balloti
Why Rappler is raising Philippine press freedom fears
The Philippines has revoked a licence for one of its major English-language news sites, Rappler, igniting a debate about press freedom in the country. Historically, the Philippine media have been considered the freest and liveliest in Asia. Rappler has in the past been critical of the government o
Philippines checks if key Malaysian extremist survived siege
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine military is validating intelligence information that a Malaysian militant leader survived the defeat of an Islamic State group-linked siege and is helping restart efforts to establish an extremist alliance. Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana said Wednesday troops are t