MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a law recognizing the observance of "National Campus Press Freedom Day" in all educational institutions on July 25 every year.
The campus press "is an important institution in promoting and protecting the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression," read Republic Act 11440 signed last August 28 by Duterte.
The measure mandates all educational institutions to "provide full support and assistance to the preparation of the annual program of activities and events to be conducted by students" for National Campus Press Freedom Day.
Nearly 3 of 5 Filipinos believe that freedom of speech under the Duterte administration is "very strong," but about half believe printing or broadcasting anything critical of the administration is "dangerous... even if it is the truth," according to a Social Weather Stations survey released in August.
A media group earlier compiled 128 cases of attacks on journalists, including physical assault and online harassment, under the Duterte administration. These include a ban on Rappler reporters from covering the president, and several cases filed against managers of the news website.