Press freedom is a global need

Rest in Peace Posters of Dr Li Wenliang
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A sovereign citizenry’s right and duty of monitoring and evaluating public issues and problems, and of commenting on them and proposing alternative approaches and solutions, are best served by a free press. But because their hold on power partly depends on being perceived as infallible, most governments including the Philippines’ own detest criticism, hence their antipathy to press freedom and free expression.

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Defying the virus

Rodrigo Duterte
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With over 500 cases in the Philippines, the COVID-19 threat is already serious enough to concern everyone. But its unwanted  presence has also further exposed Filipinos to the authoritarian virus that to this day  has survived the 1896 Revolution, World Wars I and II, the EDSA civilian-military mutiny of 1986, and the untiring efforts of human rights defenders, independent journalists, committed artists and academics, civil society organizations, and social and political activists to combat it.  

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The plague

Rodrigo Duterte
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The global COVID-19 crisis has heightened interest in a 73-year old novel by Albert Camus. Published in1947 in Paris, France, The Plague (La Peste in the original French) is a fictional account of an outbreak of bubonic plague in the French-Algerian town of Oran.

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