UN 'experts' urges the Duterte govt to preserve Free Media

UN 'experts' urges the Duterte govt to preserve Free Media

Do they know what they are talking about???

Have they read the news? I mean the correct and not fabricated news or more popularly known as “Fake News”.  The decision of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to revoke Rappler’s license last January 11 is in very well grounded in Philippine law, and mind them its not just any law it’s the fundamental law of the land- the 1987 Philippine Constitution.!

Even the  National Press Club made a statement regarding the matter, it said: “As the SEC noted, Rappler breached this constitutional limit when it allowed Omidyar to exercise control over its corporate affairs as provided for in their internal agreement, in exchange for a fund infusion of US$ 1 million dollars,” and “To say that the fate of one media entity found to have run afoul with the law translates to media repression in the country is stretching the argument a bit too much,” NPC President Paul Gutierrez said.    *
Maria Ressa of Rappler (photo credit to owner)


These so called United Nations human rights experts headed by special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard – Do they even read and try to understand the law that Rappler broke that led to the revocation of its license?!

They have called on the Philippine government to allow independent news website Rappler to operate, voicing concern at rising rhetoric against voices critical of President Rodrigo Duterte.

"We are gravely concerned that the government is moving to revoke Rappler’s licence," three U.N. human rights experts said in a joint statement. "We are especially concerned that this move against Rappler comes at a time of rising rhetoric against independent voices in the country."

Theseso called  experts further expoused that : "Rappler’s work rests on its own freedom to impart information, and more importantly its vast readership to have access to its public interest reporting,” and that there was no existing international human rights law that makes Rappler to stop its operations- "Rappler and other independent outlets need particular protection because of the essential role they play in ensuring robust public debate."

It has been explained many times over by Malacañan that they didn’t have a hand in the revocation of Rappler’s license to operate, the composition of the board that comprises the Securities and Exchange Commission majority of which were appointed by former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III ( only 1 of the 5 is a Duterte appointee), and that the SEC grounded its decision from the 1987 Constitution following the Foreign Equity Restriction rule which states that "(t)he ownership and management of mass media shall be limited to citizens of the Philippines, or to corporations, cooperatives or associations, wholly-owned and managed by such citizens."  *

Filipino diplomats based in Geneva have not made any comment on the statement issued by these experts, which were made by the following, David Kaye, U.N. special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Michel Forst, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights defenders, and Agnes Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.


Report from ABS-CBN News

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