SupPRESSed: The Philippine media under the Estrada regime

OUSTED President Joseph Estrada during his brief term of office waged war not only against the Muslims but also against press freedom in the Philippines. By the time he was impeached, it seemed he was winning. First victims One of Estrada’s first directives once in office in 1998 was for the Philippine National Police to […]

People Power II underscored issues of new media access

by Ederic Peñaflor Eder “Erap wil go dwn n hs2ry as d presdnt oustd by txt. Congrats & mbuhay tyong lhat!” After the ouster of Joseph Estrada, this was one of the messages circulated by young cellular phone users through the short messaging service (SMS). Text messages and the Internet played important roles in the […]

Alternative press assumes new forms, new expressions

With democratic space restored during the Aquino government, the alternative press in the Philippines receded into the background of events. The alternative press — the roots and ideals of which can be traced to the Diariong Tagalog, Kalayaan, La Solidaridad and other publications of the Revolution of 1896 –played an important role in the eventual […]