In the Philippines freedom of the press is often denied, with many cases of journalists being killed or disappearing – The Philippines is among the top three most dangerous places for journalists in the world.
The trend towards curbing free expression and responsible journalism is worldwide, and the US President, Donald Trump is sending very negative messages to other leaders by calling for “investigations” when he doesn’t like a satirical program or political report. Dictators and Despotic leaders around the world have always behaved this way, because a true and free press is a danger to them.
It is very sad, however when leaders of the supposed free world start to chip away at press freedoms.
Saudi Arabia was recently adjudged to be responsible for a US based critical journalist – killing and dismembering him when he visited their embassy – and the US President refuses to condemn them.
For good or bad, he is still considered to the leader of the free world, although he is alienating most of his allies by his sometimes-bizarre actions and his lack of support for them. Previously the world had looked up to the US for leadership and guidance. This is rapidly changing.
Maria faces charges of “cyber libel” because it sought to expose corruption in the highest level. Justice in this country is hard to come by, but let hope that Maria may be kept safe and treated fairly.
Press should always be free to make comment on political actions and opinions from all sides, and when these press freedoms are curbed democracy is damaged