Journalism

Self-fulfilling prophecy: Culture of impunity goes unchallenged under Aquino

Referring to extrajudicial killings and the killing of journalists in the Philippines in his July, 2010 State of the Nation Address, President Benigno Aquino III declared that his administration would “hold murderers accountable.” Despite that pledge, six journalists have been killed since then, or a total of ten since the Ampatuan Massacre of November 23, 2009 claimed the […]

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Social media and conflict reporting

Friends from PECOJON invited me to speak at the forum and awarding of winners in the Red Cross Award for Humanitarian Reporting. The forum and contest revolved around humanitarian reporting, about journalism in the midst of conflict. I was asked to speak on social media, and below are the thoughts that I chose to share, […]

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Time for absentee voting for journalists

This is long overdue. Journalists and other members of the media who cover the elections, especially Election Day, should be able to vote through absentee voting. Normally, reporters start their work on the eve of the elections and have no time to join their families in going to their polling precinct to cast votes. The […]

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PopDev Media Awards now open to bloggers!

Another group has come forward to recognize the role of bloggers in raising public awareness on important issues. Bloggers are now welcome to join the 5th PopDev Media Awards, a project of Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD). This is open to all Filipino bloggers who have blogged about any of the following […]

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10 worst countries to be a blogger

It is taken for granted or regarded lightly, but the relative freedom we enjoy in expressing ourselves through is heaven compared to the hell experienced by bloggers in other countries. In naming the “worst online oppressors”, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) notes that “booming online cultures in many Asian and Middle Eastern nations have […]

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CPJ unveils Global Impunity Index 2009 in Manila, hits Arroyo gov’t over unsolved, continuing murders of journalists

Two representatives of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) today unveiled in Manila its Global Impunity Index 2009 that tracks the number of journalists killed in the line of duty, with senior officials sharply criticizing President Arroyo’s government for the failure to stop and solve the murders. According to the CPJ This year’s […]

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