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Here's Why #BloggersForFreedom Is Trending On Twitter

The online plea elicited mixed reactions
by John Paulo Aguilera | Jan 19, 2018
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Earlier today, a handful of notable local bloggers made known their responsibility to protect "the rights to free expression and to free speech."

Through #BloggersForFreedom, around 60 writers signed a unified statement supporting Rappler in its ongoing dispute with the government, as part of the "Black Friday" protests against the perceived obstruction of free press.

Part of it read, "We stand against moves to silence and scare journalists, bloggers and media practitioners just because the President and his ardent supporters dislike their news and views. Now is a time for making choices amid battles between truth and lies, debate and dissonance, democracy and dictatorship."

Among the prominent endorsers are lawyer Jesus Falcis, journalist Inday Espina Varona, Carlos Celdran, and the people behind the most influential social media entities like The Professional Heckler's Loi Landicho and Pinoy Ako Blog's Jover Laurio.

The people involved made their presence felt on Twitter, explaining their stand on the issue. 

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Any development on the Rappler situation is sure to be tabloid fodder these days, but this particular topic gained a great deal of traction after some used the hashtag albeit with opposing views. Other netizens argued that the news website violated the Constitution, hence the undesirable verdict.


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