This is a collection of articles linked to the original websites and authors where the Foundation for Media Alternatives has been mentioned.

Police targeting your community pantry? Here’s what to do

In case the police try to arrest or search you or others, Diokno said one should assert their rights. “You can refer to the primer made by FLAG, PCIJ, and the Foundation for Media Alternatives,” he said.

What to do if law enforcers visit your community pantry? Diokno offers tips

If law enforcers arrest them or search other volunteers or the community pantry, Diokno referred them to this primer made by the Free Legal Assistance Group, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and the Foundation for Media Alternatives.

Mga kaso ng online gender-based violence, tumaas sa panahon ng pandemiya: grupo

Ayon sa Foundation for Media Alternatives, base sa kanilang monitoring ng mga naire-report sa media at mga pahayagan, tila napunta sa online platforms ang iba’t ibang uri ng gender-based violence dahil sa naging lockdown at quarantine.

Advocates launch app for rights, with advice on what to do when arrested

Press freedom and human rights advocates have released an app that informs citizens about their rights and what to do if they are getting arrested, detained or searched by state security forces. The Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), together with the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) released last Sept. 29 the FMA Know Your Rights app on the Google Play Store. The free app is an offline mobile version of the Know Your Rights primer developed by FLAG and translated to Filipino by the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. Read more.

Media groups hit red-tagging of Altermidya

Media groups and journalism educators on Monday condemned the government’s “evidence-less” red-tagging of the progressive media network Altermidya. Read more.

Protecting health workers and their data

In the 2020 report by Oxford Languages, one cluster of words considered significant for the previous year relates to the health workers of the world. It’s supposed to reflect their indispensable role during this very trying time of dealing with a raging pandemic. Unfortunately, despite their supposed importance, health workers are not exactly getting any favors. Here in the Philippines, one could argue that they are actually among those who experience the most discrimination and other types of abuse during this same period. It is, without a doubt, a heavy burden, especially when one considers the fact that it is already on top of the physical, mental, and emotional toll wrought by their constant presence in the frontlines of this “war”, made even worse by the very little support they receive from the government. Read more.

Rappler launches webinar series on digital media, technology and society

In the age of social media, how can we cultivate a society that is media and information literate? With the coronavirus pandemic scaling up digital media use, and with the continuous spread of online disinformation, dealing with “fake news” requires more than just being able to spot suspicious claims. Read more.

Workers take a no-pay break this holiday season

While both men and women lost jobs as a result of the pandemic, female workers, especially in the retail trade and service sector were disproportionately affected, according to Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) Secretary-General Judy Miranda. “The biggest chunk comprised women working in department stores, restaurants and tourism-related businesses,” she said in a recent webinar organized by the Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA). Read more.

How do you solve a problem like Facebook?

On 22 September 2020, Facebook removed some 212 accounts, 42 pages, 9 groups, and 26 Instagram accounts that were supposedly part of two separate networks engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” on behalf of foreign (i.e., China) and/or government entities (i.e., Philippines). According to Facebook, there is proof to suggest that the local network was linked to the military and the police. Read more.

After bloodbath day, Duterte claims admin promotes women’s rights

Foundation for Media Alternatives Executive Director Liza Garcia said that online violence against women committed online spiked in 2020 by up to 165%, citing the group’s data mapping results. “Women are still being targeted with sextortion, non-consensual circulation of intimate images, and sexual threats. Reports of deepfaked videos and photos of women, and disinformation against women human rights defenders also continue to surface,” she said. Read more.

Coalition of lawyers, journalists, human rights defenders calls Anti-terror Act ‘repugnant’

The Anti-Terror Law’s assault on the Bill of Rights is underscored in the petition that CenterLaw together with three organizations and at least 20 individualsare filing Monday before the Supreme Court to have the law declared “unconstitutional”. Our other co-petitioners are Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA), Inc.,,and law professors from the Lyceum of the Philippines, one of them is Romel R. Bagares. Read more.

A privacy regulation for lending applications

Most recently, the National Privacy Commission (NPC) came out with a policy aimed at addressing the problems associated with online money-lending applications (“lending apps”). A timely but ambitious effort, given the complex nature of the data processing systems involved. Read more.

Anti-terror law’s use of UN resolution wrong, says 27th petition

Lyceum College of Law professors, journalists from Vera Files, and groups Foundation for Media Alternatives and joined CenterLaw in the petition. Read more.

Cases of online gender-based violence rose amid pandemic – group

According to the Foundation for Media Alternatives, based on their monitoring of media reports and newspapers, various types of gender-based violence seem to have reached online platforms due to lockdown and quarantine. Read more.

Philippine user data from lending app Cashalo listed for sale on dark web

Security experts have long called on more stringent measures to be imposed on lending apps for better consumer protection. The Manila-based Foundation for Media Alternatives, an NGO advocating for the right to information and to communicate, this month released a report lamenting the “opaque” underwriting processes of the apps. Read more.

Computers, privacy, and the workplace

Privacy in the office is a difficult road to navigate. Successfully balancing the right of an organization to protect its assets and pursue its interests with the right of workers to enjoy their private spaces is fraught with gray areas that could lead to adverse consequences. Then came this pandemic which has made just about everything ten times more challenging. Read more.

Filipinas sit-in to stop traffic, claim spaces on Int’l Women’s Day

The Foundation for Media Alternatives (FMA) also said that women need to occupy the spaces denied them and must continue “to sit down in the streets where women are prevented from protesting.” Read more.

Privacy in Christine Dacera Case Matters, Here’s Why

“Everyone should realize that the public does not have an inherent right to know the specific details of a case—just like this one—especially this early into the investigation,” said lawyer Jamael Jacob, who specializes in privacy law. Read more.

Do Gay Men Go Straight After a Few Drinks?

Privacy rights lawyer Jamael Jacob said the PNP’s disclosure of persons of interests’ sexual orientation is also a violation of their privacy. Read more.