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Joint media statement on the cyber attacks against news websites
February 24, 2022
As a member of the #FactsFirstPH initiative, comprising more than 100 groups from different sectors, we at Blogwatch are compelled to add our voice to this joint statement to register our concern that these cyber attacks not only produce a chilling effect on bloggers like ourselves but put freedom of expression and our right to know at risk.
JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT ON THE
CYBER ATTACKS AGAINST NEWS WEBSITES
As the country moves closer to the May elections, there is a greater need for reliable and vetted information to help the public make their decisions on the ballot and in their daily lives.
Dozens of news organizations, civil society groups and members of the academe have pledged to work together to help provide that and to address the waves of disinformation that have battered our democracy.
Unfortunately, these efforts have been met with a corresponding increase in attempts to take down and disrupt news websites.
Attacks that took down websites of activist groups and of the alternative media have spread to those of the mainstream media, with ABS-CBN News, Altermidya, CNN Philippines, GMA News, ONE News, Rappler, and VERA Files being hit and overwhelmed despite their security measures.
In some cases, content has been deleted from the sites and, in others, attacks have affected the ability of newsrooms to post content.
Whoever is behind these attacks should be exposed and made accountable. These are clearly attacks against telecommunications and other related assets, deemed as critical infrastructures so vital to the Republic of the Philippines that their incapacity would have a detrimental impact on national security and the people. The message is clear. We, the journalists, are being targeted to forbid and disempower us from doing our work.
It is in this light that we stand together to call on the Department of Information and Communication Technology and the cybercrime units of the Philippine National Police and the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate these systematic and persistent attacks and to find and hold the perpetrators accountable.
These attacks not only violate the right of the journalists to freedom of the press but the rights of Filipinos to freedom of speech and expression and their right to know.
We urge other newsrooms who have experienced similar attacks to join us in this call and the public that we serve to help sound the alarm over these attacks. If we stay silent over online attacks against us, it may be too late for us to protest when these translate offline.
Active Vista Center
Amateur Media Association of Philippine Scouts
Council for People’s Development and Governance
Crispin B. Beltran Resource Center
CvSU Journalism Guild
DAKILA – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism
Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines (EcuVoice)
FEU Central Student Organization
Human Rights Online Philippines
In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDefend)
Kalikasan People’s Network for the Environment
Kapatid–Families & Friends of Political Prisoners
Kilos ng para sa Kabuhayan, Kalusugan at Karapatan, K4
Jane T. Uymatiao is known as @citizenjaneph. She spent more than 15 years as an IT auditor/consultant at an accounting firm and another 2.5 years as VP-Head of a bank's Corporate Planning Division. She has been blogging for about 16 years now and is one of the early adopters of social media. She believes in active citizen engagement, pushing for transparency and good governance, and is often tapped to speak on social media-related topics. Her personal blogs are: yoga and wellness (yoginifrommanila.com), tech (titatechie.com), lifestyle (philippinebeat.com), and personal (janeuymatiao.com)
Jane has a Master’s degree in Business Administration, major in International Business with a focus on Strategic Management, from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She is also a certified yin yoga teacher. More details at www.linkedin.com/in/janeuymatiao
Updated: August 2022