Editor's note: We are publishing in full statements issued by various groups and institutions in support of ABS-CBN Corp., which went off the air on May 5, 2020 following a cease and desist order from the National Telecommunications Commission. The company's franchise expired on May 4, while bills for its franchise renewal, some filed since 2016, continued to languish in Congress.
We stand with ABS-CBN. We express our outrage over its closure by the government based on questionable reasons.
We condemn before the world any suppression of media freedom and all despotic attacks on media institutions and journalists. The iron hand will not kill truth and freedom of expression.
WE HAVE BEEN THERE.
Truth and right will overcome.