“It is not enough to call for a halt to government-led disinformation campaigns. We will combat it on all fronts.” By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – A few days before the year ends, President Rodrigo Duterte claimed in an interview with a radio station that some journalists are members of the Left. His remarks…
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Five journalists have been gunned down under the Duterte administration, bringing to 178 the total of media killings since 1986, the restoration of democratic institutions.
Before the incident, the broadcaster had reported receiving multiple death threats, some of which he posted on his Facebook page.
The attack was political and primarily directed against the wife, other relatives, lawyers, and supporters of candidate Esmael Magundadatu, who incidentally did win the post in the 2010 elections. But the journalists were killed as well because the perpetrators knew that for even one them to survive would mean exposure in the media. The trial…
“It’s been seven years that we have been dreaming of justice,” Arlene told journalists and press freedom advocates. “We hope you will not forget what happened to our loved ones.”
“Most of the children admitted they feel anger. Others said they want to take revenge. But all of them want justice and they want the rule of law to reign.”
The NUJP called on the new chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) to immediately look into the likely involvement of police officers in the recent attacks against journalists in Surigao and Digos, especially in the spirit of Director General Ronald dela Rosa’s vow that his leadership will be “relentless in internal cleansing efforts.”
Under Aquino, 39 journalists have been gunned down.
“We sincerely hope you will break this chain of apathy that continues to strengthen the culture of impunity in the country, so that our fallen colleagues and all other victims of crimes will finally begin to get justice.”
Duterte’s pronouncement “not only sullies the names and memories of all 176 of our colleagues who have been murdered since 1986, he has also, in effect, declared open season to silence the media, both individual journalists and the institution, on the mere perception of corruption.”
Under President Benigno Aquino III’s watch, 31 journalists have been murdered, bringing the total since 1986 to 171.