The last time a network was forced to stop broadcasting was during martial law under the dictator Ferdinand Marcos. At a time when credible sources of news and information are needed more than ever, the shutdown is seen as a blatant attack on freedom of the press and freedom of expression.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries are resorting other measures that may have the incidental effect of concentrating power to a few, providing an opportunity for authoritarian leaders to consolidate the government’s might in order to stifle some essential freedoms.
The context of how artificial intelligence affects our rights as digital natives is worth unpacking, especially during political and public health crises, where online communication is a lifeline for many, and citizens are possibly being subjected to government surveillance and manipulation.
As advocates of human rights and communication rights, FMA stands by press freedom and free speech as fundamental to civil liberty, especially at a time when the very foundations of democracy are under threat.
This interview explores the gender implications of setting up a community network in the remote areas of the Philippines – from tackling gender stereotypes to the distribution of labour to the benefits of access for a community that is ignored by telecommunications companies.
The website, created by APC member Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), is a repository which maps the aftereffects of President Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs.
Would you like to participate in an international internship with one of Alternatives’ partners? APC and its members in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Philippines and Uganda have exciting internship opportunities waiting for you!
APC member in the Philippines Foundation for Media Alternatives expresses grave concern over the decision of the Philippine authorities to shut down cell sites during huge festivities, a measure that restricts people's right to communicate.
APC’s subgranting programme in its second year awarded a total of USD 273,986 to support its members in achieving APC’s vision. Eighteen member organisations were recipients of 21 grants, and funds were also used to support the research for 28 national GISWatch 2017 reports.