Philippine Independent Journalists Tread a Climate of State Intimidation and Anti-communism

The existence of alternative media in the Philippines is crucial since most of the mainstream media companies are owned by conglomerates or political families and only serve their interests. While the Philippines’ government sees alternative media as a threat, they continue to red-tag independent media workers, which sometimes leads to harassment and criminalisation of media workers.

A red scare is haunting the newsrooms of independent media in the Philippines. 

In a live broadcast on Facebook, supporters of the government’s anti-insurgency policies branded Len Olea, Editor-in-Chief of Bulatlat, as a member of the “propaganda cultural commission” of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). The statement was issued by Jeffrey Celiz, a host of “Laban Kasama ang Bayan”, who claimed to be a former cadre of the CPP despite being disputed by his critics.

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