Home » Media killings
You are browsing entries tagged with “Media killings”
All over media can be heard the agonizing lament of the victims’ kin, and perhaps the entire citizenry, that four years after the horrific Maguindanao massacre, the conclusion of the criminal cases filed against those allegedly liable is not even in sight.
It has been four years since 58 people, 32 of them media workers, were slaughtered on a hilltop in Sitio (sub-village) Masalay, Barangay (village) Salman,
Ampatuan, Maguindanao, in what is now acknowledged as the worst incident of electoral violence in recent Philippine history and the single deadliest attack on the media on record.
Nineteen journalists have been killed for their work in the Philippines since Benigno Aquino III assumed the presidency in 2010. And in 2013 alone, at least 66 instances of threats, physical assaults, illegal arrests, libel suits and other forms of harassment were recorded.
Eighteen journalists have been killed for their work in the three years of the Aquino administration. There were five in the last three months. The administration record is still below that of the Arroyo regime (80 killings over a nine-year period). But the number of journalists slain in this administration has surpassed those of the [...]
Last week was horribly costly for Philippine media, with three journalists murdered, one of them in front of his horrified wife and family. The killing of Richard Kho and Bonifacio Loreto Jr., columnists of the defunct Aksyon Ngayon, on the night of July 30, in front of Loreto’s home in Quezon City, and that [...]
Forty-four months after the Ampatuan massacre, President Aquino delivered his fourth State of the Nation Address, boasting of his accomplishments and plans, unmindful that in the first three years of his watch, journalists who report the true state of the nation every day continued to fall victim to attacks and killings.
The Dec. 1, 2012, editorial on the Maguindanao massacre (“Crime Philippines?”) hit the proverbial nail on the head when it stressed an evident truth: Not only journalists but also ordinary citizens have been victimized by various forms of criminality in what appears to be a breakdown of law and order across the country.
Jan. 5, 2013 marked the first death anniversary of Christopher ‘Cris’ Guarin. Cris was gunned down while driving his wife and 9-year-old daughter home.
By Juan L. Mercado
“PINABILI LANG ng suka sa kanto, pagbalik journalist na” (Told to buy vinegar at the corner store, he trotted back a journalist).
“Silence kills democracy but a free press talks.” That statement, startling for its simplicity and blunt-force impact, can very well serve as slogan and rallying cry for today’s World Press Freedom Day.
Now it’s clear why extrajudicial killings are still committed with impunity in this benighted land of ours.
The Department of Justice has reversed itself and recommended the filing of murder charges against former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes and four others, including his brother, Coron Mayor Mario Reyes Jr., in connection with the cold-blooded killing of Palawan radio broadcaster and environmentalist Gerry Ortega on Jan. 24, 2011. The new resolution was based on [...]