12 May 2020

The signing off of broadcast network ABS-CBN not only endangers the employment of its 11,000 workers but, just as important, if not more so, affects the lives of citizens as well.

Government clearly trampled on freedom of the press and of expression when it forced the network to go off air.

ABS-CBN, in its petition for certiorari filed on May 7 before the Supreme Court, said that the cease and desist order against its operations violates the right of the public to information and is a curtailment of the freedom of speech and the press.

We affirm our signatures to appeal to the following government agencies to bring Channel 2, DZMM, MOR, and Channel 23 back on air:

TO THE NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION to withdraw the cease and desist order against ABS-CBN as this is a disservice to the Filipino people, especially at this time of crisis.

TO THE SUPREME COURT to uphold press freedom and to grant the temporary restraining order for the ABS-CBN units to go back on air to continue serving the public amid the coronavirus pandemic.

TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES to grant ABS-CBN a fresh 25-year franchise. Eleven bills seeking its renewal are now pending and are just waiting to be heard.

During the coronavirus pandemic, there should be free access to information, entertainment, and public service. Our appeal to bring Channel 2, DZMM, MOR and Channel 23 back on air upholds the peoples’ right to information from which press freedom emanates.

#LabanKapamilya #NoToABSCBNShutdown

The organizations listed below launched an online petition today to call to bring ABS-CBN back on air. 

The closure of the network was both a brazen assault on the critical media and on the people’s right to know and of choice. 

The petition can be accessed here: 


Supporting organizations:
1.       Alternative Media Network

2.       Alyansa ng Kabataang Mamamahayag ng PUP

3.       Asian Center for Journalism

4.       Bulatlat

5.       Center for Community Journalism and Development

6.       Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

7.       College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP)

8.       CEGP-Davao

9.       Concerned Artists of the Philippines

10.   Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation

11.   Davao Today

12.   Defend Jobs Philippines

13.   Fiat Lux – National Teachers College

14.   Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines

15.   Himati

16.   Iskolarium-PUP Sta. Maria Bulacan Campus

17.   Kalasag

18.   Kilab Multimedia

19.   Kodao Productions

20.   Manila Collegian

21.   MindaNews

22.   NCPAG-Umalohokan

23.   NUJP Bacolod

24.   Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity (LODI)

25.   Pagbutlak

26.   Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

27.   Philippine Collegian

28.   Philippine Communication Society

29.   Philippine Press Institute

30.   Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines

31.   PUP Institute for Culture and Language Studies

32.   Scientia

33.   SINAG

34.   The Accounts

35.   The BreakAway

36.   The Catalyst – PUP Main

37.   The Chronicler, PUP Taguig

38.   The College Chronicle – Meycauayan College

39.   The Communicator – PUP-College of Communication

40.   The Forum

41.   The Oikonomos Nexus – PUP Department of Economics

42.   The Scribes – Polytechnic College of the City of Meycauayan

43.   TugAni

44.   UCC The New Crossroads – University of Caloocan City

45.   Union of Journalists of the Philippines – UP

46.   UP Baguio The Outcrop

47.   UP Diliman Department of Journalism

48.   UP Solidaridad

49.   UPLB Perspective

50.   VERA Files

51.   World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters-Asia Pacific (AMARC-AP)