#Cyberbullying: When Maria Ressa and MSM friends play the “victim card” but MJ Reyes thinks your playing prank on “April Fools Day”?

On Twitter, Rappler’s Maria Ressa urged the public to watch a video wherein wherein journalists denounce verbal abuse and harassment from trolls.

Ressa tweeted: “Watch: When Philippine media is threatened.”

You may watch the Rappler video below for reference.

In the video, reporters from the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Rappler talks about different forms of online harassment including physical harm sets the tone of the video.

Accusations of being bias, a communist operative, an imperialist spy, corrupt and working for the CIA are just a few of the labels hurled at their way.

Rappler’s Pia Ranada, ABS-CBN’s Inday Espina-Varona and a male reporter I can’t recall the name complained of getting threatened with sexual assault.

The journalist also complained of ad hominem attacks from online critics. For example being called “ugly”, “fake news” and “stupid” are common.

Rather than sympathetic words, Maria Ressa’s tweet has been severely criticized and mocked on social media.

Netizen MjReyes @maanreyes asked Ressa if the video was Rappler’s entry to April Fools Day?

Is this your entry for April Fool’s Day? Hilarious! 😃

Pray tell, where were the clowns & journos in 2015 when the Phils. was among 10 deadliest in the world for journos and when 23 of them got killed in 1st 40 weeks of Aquino’s term?

Netizen wilbert biadang @webzter_webz called Rappler’s video “pathetic”.

This is pathetic.

Netizen Bhing @gnihbeulb has some harsh words for Maria Ressa and Rappler.

Asus drama epek pah kyo..
press freedom pah kyo nalalaman palibhasa malaki utang nah loob nu s mga financer nu, nde lng utang nah loob kundi my padulas…
magbayad kyo ng tamang buwis
sumunod kyo s rule of law…

Replying to @mariaressa @rapplerdotcom, i_am_eva_joy@i_am_eva_joy tweeted:

Why do you always have to say defend Press freedom. May press freedom ka naman ah. Kung wala kayo niyan eh bat nandito pa kayo at satsat ng satsat. We will all be happier if you and the rest of your boss will be gone forever. Yun ang walang press freedom.

MJ Reyes is a Duterte supporter and social media blogger and described herself on her Twitter profile as mom-in-chief, int’l commodities trader and learner.

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