NUJP calls on Filipino journos to resist attempts to silence them amid Rappler’s revocation of registration

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) has posted their statement on Facebook about the recent decision of the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) to revoke the “registration of news outfit Rappler and Rappler Holdings Corp. for supposedly violating the Constitutional prohibition against foreign ownership of media.”

The NUJP expressed “outrage” about SEC’s decision.

Moreover, the NUJP expressed that they “stand with Rappler.”

Here’s the full post.

Here’s the full text of the post:

[STATEMENT] We Stand With Rappler
January 15, 2018

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines is outraged at the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) revocation of the registration of news outfit Rappler and Rappler Holdings Corp. for supposedly violating the Constitutional prohibition against foreign ownership of media.

The SEC has apparently decided to reject Rappler’s contention that its foreign investors merely placed money in the outfit but do not own it, which it issued after President Rodrigo Duerte, in his state of the nation address last year, threatened to have its ownership investigated.

It was but one of many threats Duterte has made against media critical of him and his governance, such as the Philippine Daily Inquirer and broadcast network ABS-CBN, whose franchise renewal he threatened to block.

We are sure Rappler, as it has said, is capable of mounting a legal defense against what amounts to their closure.

As it does so, the NUJP declares it full support to Rappler and all other independent media outfits that the state has threatened and may threaten to shut down.

We call on all Filipino journalists to unite and resist every and all attempts to silence us.

The NUJP National Directorate

Reference:
Atty. Jocelyn Clemente, Acting Chair
Ms. Dabet Panelo, Secretary General
NUJP hotline: 09175155991

On the post, the NUJP showed support for Rappler. They said, “As it does so, the NUJP declares its full support to Rappler and all other independent media outfits that the state has threatened and may threaten to shut down.” They also call on Filipino journalists “to unite and resist every and all attempts to silence us.”

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