FOCAP on ABS-CBN shutdown: We’ll never flinch and never cower – July 10, 2020

by | Oct 27, 2020 | Articles, Statements

The Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) condemns the vote of the House of Representatives’ committee on legislative franchises to reject the license renewal of ABS-CBN, the country’s largest broadcaster, as a painful stab at press freedom.

The decision deprives the Filipino people of an independent source of information when millions are grappling with the coronavirus pandemic. It obliterates the livelihood of thousands of journalists and media workers who risk their lives each day to keep the public informed.

FOCAP stands by its ABS-CBN colleagues in this profoundly dark day for journalists in the Philippines and will join them in the struggle ahead to defend independent and courageous journalism that exacts accountability and the rule of law.

FOCAP urges our media colleagues across the country to uphold our independence, loyalty to the public and dedication to the truth.

FOCAP was founded during the dark days of martial law in 1974 to safeguard press freedom. The threats have never ceased and we will never flinch and never cower.

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