On The Listening Post this week: The Filipino authorities has compelled native tv community ABS-CBN off the air. Plus, COVID-19 is used as a canopy to stifle voices of dissent in Hong Kong
Amidst lockdown, Philippines’s largest TV community goes off air
The consensus of presidents and prime ministers nearly all over the place has been that getting correct information and knowledge out is significant since it might probably save lives.
So what have the authorities within the Philippines performed? Duterte’s authorities has ordered the nation’s largest tv broadcaster, ABS-CBN, off the airwaves. The authorities says the community’s franchise had expired, and so had its proper to broadcast.
That is nowhere near the complete story. President Rodrigo Duterte has persistently attacked ABS-CBN for its important journalism, together with its protection of his so-called conflict on medicine. He had lengthy threatened to take the community down.
Now that he has bought his want, different media retailers in Duterte’s crosshairs are questioning if and when he will probably be coming for them.
Manuel Mogato – editor-at-large, PressOnePH
Inday Espina-Varona – former chair, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines
Ging Reyes – head of reports, ABS-CBN
Paul Gutierrez – National Press Club of the Philippines
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Under the quilt of COVID: Cracking down on Hong Kong
Before the pandemic hit, tons of of hundreds of individuals in Hong Kong took to the streets protesting the erosion of their freedoms, demanding independence from China.
The months of demonstrations led to adjustments in Hong Kong’s media ecosystem. Nascent, digital information retailers reporting on the entrance strains noticed an enormous leap of their numbers and help, a mirrored image of protesters’ rising mistrust of their mainstream media – and mainland China’s rising affect.
Things are regularly returning to a brand new regular however when COVID-19 first emptied Hong Kong’s streets, depriving these retailers of editorial content material, a query arose – what is going to develop into of them?
In addition, each Beijing and Hong Kong authorities seem to have been utilizing the virus as a canopy to crack down on voices they don’t like, together with the town’s solely pro-democracy newspaper, the Apple Daily.
The Listening Post‘s Johanna Hoes reviews on Hong Kong’s altering media panorama, COVID-19, and using a pandemic to silence dissent.
Mark Simon – govt, Apple Daily
Yuen Chan – senior lecturer, City University
Ronson Chan – deputy task editor, Stand News
Tom Grundy – founder, Hong Kong Free Press
Source: Al Jazeera News