Statement of Concerned Media Law Students #UniversityofthePhilippines on the latest form of harassment against Rappler

STATEMENT OF CONCERNED STUDENTS OF LAW ON MASS MEDIA, UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES,  ON THE LATEST FORM OF HARASSMENT AGAINST RAPPLER (NBI ATTEMPT TO WARRANTLESSLY SEARCH THE RAPPLER PREMISES)

   Today, our first day of classes at the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, Law on Mass Media and Communication class, we open at an “auspicious” time for our class topics.

     A television reporter informed our professor that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) tried to enter the office premises of Rappler news organization without a search warrant to gather evidence for criminal prosecution of its editors and staff — this, after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked its corporate personality.

     As students of media law, we are outraged by these forms of harassment.

    We call on the Duterte administration to stop using the state machinery to threaten press freedom.

    We urge our schoolmates and the public to join the efforts to fight media repression.

(collectively written, voted upon and approved line by line by the class on Law on Mass Media and Communication of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, January 18, 2018)