By Raïssa Robles - Hotmanila, the satirical political website of my hubby Alan has been hacked, ostensibly to deliver this message to President Benigno Aquino III: "We are watching you, Mr. President." The hacking apparently took place after Aquino was severely criticized by netizens for showing up late at the wake of the police commandos yesterday.
The Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP), of which I am a member, issued this statement of solidarity today following the killing of 10 journalists in Paris Wednesday. Journalists working in the Philippines have themselves experienced threats to press freedom.
Here is the full video of the Question and Answer portion of President Benigno Aquino's forum with the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP). FOCAP would welcome a similar forum with Vice-President Jejomar Binay.
My reply to Prof. Oscar Franklin Tan's question on libel by Raïssa Robles - Be very cautious when publishing blind items about individuals, I recently told journalism students in Cebu. Because "if you later write a piece that gives the identity of that person away you can be sued. Because under Philippine law, one can be sued for libel based on your body of works and not just on one piece," I said. I did not expect a prominent graduate of Harvard Law school to comment on this particular phrase
Just my opinion By Raïssa Robles I had not expected this. I thought few would be interested in reading about the Marcoses at a time when the Binays are the hot topic. To all those who shared and read my piece, I would like to thank them all. One thing the Internet has done for writers is to give us almost instant reader feedback. Until I started this blog, I had been used to writing in isolation. But as I said, I wasn't expecting that many people to read it. I thought it would be treated as just a period piece to mark a dark anniversary.
By Raïssa Robles - This is the draft of the lecture I delivered during last week's "Reaching Out to Future Journalists forum" held by Sunstar publication at San Carlos University in Cebu City. I have a confession to make. I have turned down many invitations to speak before many forums because I believe a journalist is best read than heard. However, this was one invite I felt I had to accept because of the audience and the topic. I was not disappointed. In that packed hall, I believe, will come some of our future journalists who will make a difference. They came and they listened, even though I'm not a celebrity, but just a blogger and a journo in the trenches :)
By Raïssa Robles [My speech today before the Philippine Press Institute and the National Association of Newspapers during the conference on “Watching the Watchdog: Re-examining Ourselves.” ] I am honored to be part of this gathering. I think I know why I was chosen to tackle the topic: “How the new technology is reshaping the way we bring news […]
And a Blessed Christmas to you all By Raïssa Robles I would like to greet everyone a Blessed Christmas and to thank you all from my heart. Since I put up this present site a little over a year ago, the 332 stories I have published here have been viewed a total of 3,035,101 times. This would not at all […]
How you can help reduce it Exclusive by Raïssa Robles When information that you obtain from mass media like newspapers, radio or TV is slanted a certain way because a politician or a company gave money to make it come out that way, then the public is shortchanged. Democracy is distorted. The way it’s supposed to work is that in […]