Last Nov. 2, we observed the first United Nations Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, with sorrow and rage.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Quezon Chapter strongly condemns the fatal attack against our colleague Rubylita Garcia, 52, a reporter for Remate.
By Conrado de Quiros
As impunity goes, the murder of Rubylita Garcia ranks way up there. Garcia was a 52-year-old reporter who had worked for Remate for more than 20 years.
A singularly pernicious impairment of freedom of (cyber)speech lurking in the present law is the legal presumption that “every defamatory imputation is presumed to be malicious, even if it be true, if no good intention and justifiable motive for making it is shown . . .” (Article 354, Republic Act No. 3815)
Last Nov. 26, the House of Representatives’ committee on public information held its second meeting where it tackled the various Freedom of Information (FOI) bills. We, youth leaders, attended the hearing and were able to witness the discussions and various manifestations from the committee members. (For almost a decade, FOI advocates have been campaigning in every Congress for a transparent and accountable government. And they are wary of those who wish to delay the enactment of an FOI law.)