The National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC), one of the biggest press organizations in the country, denounced Facebook and its fact-checkers for the ongoing flagging made by the social media platform on almost all public platforms.
According to the NPC, the flagging is not only an act of intimidation, harassment, and a “brazen curtailment of civil liberties,” specifically the right to freedom of expression and information, but more so, an assault on the sovereignty of the country.
“It has been barely two days since April 19, when the NPC issued its statement criticizing Facebook and its ‘fact-checkers,’ Rappler Philippines and Vera Files, for their callousness in warning Philippine national security adviser, Secretary Hermogenes Esperon over his post involving the threat pose to our nation’s security by the communist terrorist groups,” said President Paul M. Gutierrez of the NPC.
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The NPC president added that Facebook has shown Filipinos that it is the “Lord of the Realm of Social Media” by flagging and warning official public platforms, such as the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
“This is dangerous and truly alarming. Increasingly, Facebook, on the proddings of its fact-checkers and other state enemies, such as the CTGs, is demonstrating its capacity to resort to the neo-fascist method of wholesale censorship— and of an entire country at that— unmindful that it is already trampling on the laws and the sovereignty of our Republic,” he added.
Gutierez said that the call for Facebook and its fact-checkers to be disciplined by responsible agencies has become “more urgent and compelling.”
“In the meantime, we call on all NPC affiliates and all the responsible and patriotic elements in the media community, along with other patriotic organizations to unite in resisting and denouncing this common threat to our civil liberty and our democracy,” the NPC president added.