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 – Instead of allowing two radio reporters to look at police blotter reports collected from different police stations, police officers questioned the reporters on 8 April 2014 in Tagum City, Davao del Norte province. This was after an army spokesperson tagged the radio station the reporters work for as biased for a rebel group […]
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 […]
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.
UP Gawad Plaridel 2014 Nomination Period Extended; Thomson Reuters editorial judgment course
COLOMBIAN AUTHOR and journalist Gabriel Garcia Marquez died of pneumonia last April 17. He was 87.
BURMESE JOURNALIST Win Tin died of respiratory problems last April 21. He was 85.
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.