We join our fellow Filipinos in celebrating the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize given to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitri Muratov.

We applaud the Nobel Committee’s recognition of the courage not just of these two journalists but of so many others who speak truth to power “in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions.”

As Filipino journalists, we are concerned about the fragile state of press freedom in our country, especially as the 2022 elections draw near. The climate for independent reporting is fraught.

Lawsuits have been filed in an attempt to silence our colleagues. ABS-CBN, the country’s largest broadcast network, has been shut down. Frontline journalists, many of them just in their 20s and 30s, bear the brunt. They are moving targets for death threats, insults and unrelenting trolling.

The pandemic has made access to information and to officials particularly challenging. Financially, news organizations are hurting. Politically, their legitimacy is under attack. But so many soldier on, bringing fact-based news and opinion in the belief that truth-telling matters, even in the era of lies and disinformation.

Press freedom in the Philippines is resilient and enduring. This resilience was forged over time, from the struggle against colonial rule, the tyranny of authoritarianism and the challenges of democracy. Filipinos have defended press freedom because they know it is their right and that their hard-won democracy cannot thrive without it.

The coming elections will be a battle between truth and lies. As journalists, we promise to remain true to the standards of fact-based and ethical newsgathering. But we are outnumbered by professional public relations staffs and troll factories. We alone cannot fight the deluge of disinformation in an election where the future of our democracy is at stake.

We, therefore, call on all those running for public office to make clear their stance on press freedom and to be transparent about their public relations efforts. We ask political campaigns to respect the rights of journalists to report freely, without fear or favor. Before his death, Jose Luis Gascon, the late chair of the Human Rights Commission, proposed a Media Safety Unit. We endorse this proposal and hope that the new chair of the commission will be true to its mandate to safeguard our human rights.

We call on social media companies to make their platforms safe for journalists.

Finally, we ask the public to support a free press and journalists who expose lies and stand up for truth.


AGE Communications

Aklan Press Club, Inc.

Altermidya – People’s Alternative Media Network

Aninaw Productions

Asian Center for Journalism

Bicol Express News


Calbayog Journal

Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

College Editors Guild of the Philippines

Daily Tribune

Dampig Katarungan

Davao Today

Freedom for Media, Freedom for All Network

Impact Publishing

Kodao Productions

Manila Today

Mindanao News Express


National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-NCR

Northern Dispatch


Panay Today


Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

Philippine Press Institute

Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines

Pinoy Media Center

Pinoy Weekly

Pokus Gitnang Luson Multimedia Network


Radyo Asenso 106.7 Farm FM


REGINA – University of the Assumption

Samar Daily News Online


The News Room Philippines

Tudla Productions

UPLB Perspective

VERA Files

Women Writers in Media Now


Al Alegre, Consortium on Democracy & Disinformation

Alfredo Ruzol, ABS-CBN News Digital

Amalia B. Cabusao, Mindanao Times

Angel Ayala, Bicol Express News

Angel Tesorero, Gulf News (UAE)

Ann Lourdes C. Lopez, Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication

Annie Perez-Gallardo, UP Cebu

Ara Eugenio, Reportr (Summit Media)

Arlene Pingol Mariposque, GMA 7 Dubai UAE

Ariel Sebellino, Philippine Press Institute

Ashley Martelino

Aubrey Delos Reyes, GMA Network, Inc

Balbino “Ka Bino” Guerrero Jr

Bart Guingona

Beatrice Puente, News5 Digital

Ben Balce, Mindanao Gold Star Daily

Bernard Testa

Bert Basa, Philippine Daily Inquirer (former correspondent)

Bess Angelina Zamora, Philippine Press Institute

Bhal Cabrera

Caesar “Bong” Z. Lacson, Punto! Central Luzon

Carolyn Arguillas, MindaNews

Carmela Fonbuena, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

Catalina Ricci Madarang, Interaksyon

Cherry Mae Salazar, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

Chi Liquicia, VERA Files

Chit Roces-Santos

Chris Pagulayan, Photojournalist Center of the Philippines; PRESS Photographers of the Philippines; PLAY Outdoors Media

Christa I. De La Cruz, SPOT.ph

Christian Deiparine, Philstar.com

Cora Lucas, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Dana Batnag

Danilo Araña Arao; Bulatlat, Kodao and Pinoy Weekly

Dante Dapitan

Daphne Rashid-Tadeo, REGINA-University of the Assumption

Denison Rey Dalupang, Philippine Daily Inquirer

DJ Yap, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Doming Sacote

Ed Lingao

Edwin P. Galvez, BusinessMirror

Elena Pelari

Elmer Valenzuela, PonD News Asia

Ezra Acayan

Felipe F. Salvosa II

Felix D. Cuntapay Jr., Balitang Hilaga news correspondent

Felix Espineda, Jr., Bicol Express News

Floreen Simon, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

Francis Allan L. Angelo, Daily Guardian

Franco Luna, Philstar.com

Frank Cimatu, Baguio Chronicle and Cordillera News Agency

Gab Humilde Villegas, Daily Tribune

Gaea Katreena Cabico, Philstar.com

Gang Badoy Capati

Gemma Nemenzo, PositivelyFilipino.com

Glenn Ray Roluna

Hector Lawas

Ian Cigaral, Philstar.com

Inday Espina-Varona

Isabella Perez-Rubio, Philstar.com

Jane Uymatiao (blogger)

Jeline Malasig, Interaksyon

Jervis Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Jester Delos Santos

Jimmy Domingo, Journalism Studies Assocation of the Philippines

Jo-ann Maglipon

Joanna Aglibot, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Joel S. Mataro

Joey Natividad, Bicol Express News

John Bello, Opinyon Quezon

John Nery, Rappler

John Ray Luciano

John Reczon E. Calay

Jonathan de Santos, NUJP and Philstar.com

Jonnel Pelari

Jose Ma. D. Nolasco, Philippine Daily Inquirer (retired executive director)

Joseph Edward Dela Cruz, REGINA-University of the Assumption

Josephine M. Mendoza

Julie S. Alipala, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Kara Magsanoc Alikpala

Katrina Hallare, OneNews.PH

Katrina Ventura

Kenneth Roland Guda, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

Kristofer Purnell, Philstar.com

Leilani Chavez

Lita Jane Cadalig, Baguio Midland Courier

Lourdes Escaros

Luis Liwanag

Luis V. Teodoro

Ma. Ceres P. Doyo. Women Writers in Media Now

Ma. Diosa Labiste

Marchel Espina, Digicast Negros

Maria Karina A. Bolasco

Maria Lolita S. Lachica, Independent Documentary Producer

Marian Pastor Roces

Marites D. Vitug, Rappler

Mark Ernest Famatigan, UPLB Perspective

Martha Teodoro

Melinda Quintos de Jesus, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

Mia Noelle Rodriguez

Michael Navarro, Mindanao News Express TV

Michelle Zoleta, Quezon Chronos Publication

Minerva Z. Arceo, Pampanga Press Club.

Mona Lisa Yuchengco

Neni Sta. Romana Cruz, Women Writers in Media Now

Nicko Talavera, ONE News PH

Noemi L. Dado

Patricia Baes, Spot.ph

Patricia Lourdes Viray, Philstar.com

Paulynn P. Sicam, Women Writers in Media Now

Perfecto Caparas, Pinoy Publiko & Pressenza

Peter J. G. Tabingo, Malaya

Pia Regalado, Reportr.World

Prinz Magtulis

Raffy Lerma

Raffy Tima

Rameses Javier Casten, Ram Speaks

Ramon R. Tuazon

Ramon Royandoyan, Philstar.com

Raymund B. Villanueva, Kodao Productions

Red Batario, Center for Community Journalism and Development

Renz Sumalinog

Rey J. Garcia,  The Mindanao Observer

Rhovin Luke Maglaqui, Philstar.com

Ricky Bautista, Samar Weekly Express and National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

Ricky Rivera, Impact Publishing

Rigie Malinao, Samar Daily News Online

Rizal Raoul Reyes

Robert Jaworski L. Abaño, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Roby Alampay, PumaPodcast

Rochit I. Tanedo, Women Writers in Media Now

Roel Hoang Manipon, Daily Tribune

Romidor Gloriane, Bicol Express New

Rommel Lopez, PressOne.ph

Rosette Adel, Philstar.com and Interaksyon

Rowena Paraan, ABS-CBN

Roy Narra, One News/One PH

Ryan Christopher J. Sorote, DYWC TeleRadyo – Negros Oriental

Sean Rafio, Daily Guardian

Shawn Yao, ONE News PH

Shayla Pereyra, College Editors Guild of the Philippines

Sheila Coronel, Women Writers in Media Now

Sol Juvida

Sonia Capio, NUJP Nueva Ecija

Sonny Fernandez, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

Ted Aldwin Ong, peoplesdomain.net

Tess Bacalla

Therese San Diego Torres

Tita C. Valderama

Tonette Orejas, Philippine Daily Inquirer

Tony La Viña, PinoyMedia Center

Vergel Santos

Villamor C. Visaya Jr., Philippine Daily Inquirer and Luzonwide News Correspondent Publishing

Vince Jacob A. Visaya, The Manila Times and Luzonwide News Correspondent Publishing

Virgilio Cuizon, TFC NEWS

Xave Gregorio, Philstar.com

Yvonne T. Chua, University of the Philippines