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Protecting the Free Press | Cartoon

Cartoon by Angelo Lopez

Journalists who critically cover authoritarian governments are harassed, jailed or killed.
Cartoon by Angelo Lopez

Journalists who critically cover authoritarian governments are harassed, jailed or killed.

Governments often sue critical journalists and news organizations with false charges to tie them in court. Trolls attack journalists online and often accuse them of “fake news”. Female journalists face misogynistic attacks and threats of rape.

In the Philippines, journalists are often red-tagged by security forces. Red tagging refers to when the military accuses critical journalists of being “communist insurgents”, often with very little evidence to back up their accusation. When a journalist is harassed, they are often harassed, put in jail, or even killed.

About the Cartoonist

Angelo Lopez is the editorial cartoonist for the Philippine News Today, a Filipino community newspaper based in the San Francisco Bay Area, USA. Angelo is a four-time Sigma Delta Chi awardee for editorial cartooning for newspapers with a circulation under 100,000. He has also won the 2016 Robert F. Kennedy Book and Journalism Award for Editorial Cartoons.

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