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Philippine media cries foul over threat to free press

MANILA (UCAN): A proposal in the Philippine Congress to qualify a provision in the country’s constitution on freedom of speech has drawn flak from various quarters.
 
Allies of the president, Rodrigo Duterte, in the House of Representatives proposed to insert the qualifier, responsible, in the constitution, to read “No law shall be passed abridging the ‘responsible exercise’ of freedom of speech.”
 

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A media mouthpiece for Beijing

 HONG KONG (SE): The 2017 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders places China at number 176 out of 180 regions across the world, sharing with Vietnam the distinction of being named “the world’s biggest prisons for journalists and bloggers.”

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Indonesia blocks media to gag Papuan voices

Jakarta (UCAN): Indonesia continues to restrict foreign media access to the Christian-majority provinces of Papua and West Papua, despite assurances from the president, Joko Widodo, that reporters would have unimpeded access to the region.

Human Rights Watch Asia deputy director, Phelim Kine, said that elements of the Indonesian government have failed to deliver on Widodo’s promise to open Papua to foreign reporters.

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