The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines condemns the attack on alternative news outfit Kodao Productions’ website, www.kodao.org coming as it did when other media organizations are also under relentless attacks from enemies of press freedom and other human rights.
Kodao said its website was subjected to a code injection attack through online publishing platform WordPress around midnight last night that prevents its website technicians from logging in. Links to Kodao stories could no longer be opened.
Established in 2000, Kodao is the second oldest existing alternative media outfit in the country. It is known for its comprehensive coverage of the GRP-NDFP peace process, indigenous peoples struggles, human rights, environment and other social issues. Its officers and reporters include National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera, former University of the Philippines College of Mass Communications Dean Rolando Tolentino, journalism professor Danilo Arao, International Association of Women in Radio and Television treasurer Jola Diones Mamangun and NUJP director Raymund Villanueva. Under Gloria Arroyo’s State of National Emergency in 2006, Kodao was the first media victim when its award-winning daily show was suddenly prevented from airing and was subsequently wrongfully accused and charged with rebellion.
NUJP sees the attack on Kodao as part of the Duterte government’s efforts to silence critical media, as seen in the continuing attempt to shut down Rappler, threaten other news outfits, and other voices of dissent.
The NUJP stands with Kodao Productions and all other legitimate media outfits that only seek to amplify the voice of the people against tyranny, neglect, and abuse by those in power.
February 2, 2018