JEERS TO SEVERAL news organizations for committing the same old errors in much of media coverage of suicide.
Cheers to ABS-CBN 2′s TV Patrol for reviewing the current state of fire protection in the country and for looking into the unused 2 billion pesos budget of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) since 2009.
CMFR/Philippines – The Philippines retained its third place ranking behind Iraq and Somalia in the 2014 Impunity Index released on 16 April 2014. Published by the New York-based organization Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the Index noted that there are 51 unsolved murders of journalists in the Philippines from 2004 to 2013, giving the country […]
CMFR/Philippines – A reporter for a Manila tabloid was shot at least four times inside her home and died in a hospital in Bacoor City, Cavite province on 6 April 2014. Her colleagues said a feud with a police officer was a possible motive for the killing. Bacoor is some 25 kilometers south of Manila. […]
By Luis V. Teodoro
PROVIDING CONTEXT is not a strong suit of the dominant media,* whether in the form of a few paragraphs recalling the background of events, a sidebar, or an entire article recalling the history of the public issues they report on. Context is often glaringly absent even in reports on the most complex and publicly-relevant events and issues.
THE FEBRUARY 18 ruling of the Supreme Court declaring key provisions of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (RA 10175) unconstitutional is a victory for free expression. But its declaring the provision on libel committed through the Internet constitutional retains one of the most problematic provisions of the Act.
In 2012 CMFR asked for the repeal of the Act and the crafting of a less restrictive law. While crimes committed over the Internet such as child pornography need legal sanctions, the Cybercrime Act throws such a wide net it penalizes even legitimate expressions of opinion online.
Investigative Reporting Fellowship; GMA News wins Peabody for Yolanda Coverage; MVP acquires 51% of Philippine Star
MEDIA TYCOON Emilio Yap died last April 7. He was 88.
FILIPINO JOURNALIST Maria Aurora Madreguera-Parreno died of complications from severe kidney infections last April 4. She was 49.
AMERICAN JOURNALIST Curtis Bill Pepper died last April 4. He was 96.
17th UP Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop names fellows; Human Rights Advocates Program; and Ranan Lurie Political Cartoon Awards
STATEMENT OF THE RIGHT TO KNOW, RIGHT NOW! COALITION
WE ARE members of the Right to Know. Right Now! Coalition, a network of more than 150 organizations from various sectors that have long been campaigning for the passage of a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act. Together with concerned groups and individuals, we are lighting candles in the early evening today, September 27, at the gates of the House of Representatives, to symbolize our desire to have a government where information is illuminated and made accessible to all citizens. We are joined by other groups in simultaneous action in different localities, and by those who express solidarity and common call through social media using the hashtag #LightUp4FOI.