A broad group of organizations and individuals have sent a letter to UNESCO regarding the latter’s classification of the Ampatuan Massacre as ‘resolved’. Fifty-eight persons were killed, including 32 journalists, when armed goons attacked an electoral convoy in a southern province in the Philippines in 2009.
Altermidya and its members Bulatlat, Kodao, and Pinoy Weekly filed complaints against state agents before the Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights for continuous threats, intimidation, and attacks on press freedom.
A congressional committee has voted to reject the franchise application of ABS-CBN, the Philippines’ largest TV and radio network. Since 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte has castigated the network for its critical reporting and has threatened the non-renewal of its license.
The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility said the forced closure of a major broadcasting network limits the possibilities of civic engagement and political participation.
Several groups and journalists in the Philippines have signed a statement describing the government’s new media accreditation process as ‘unnecessary, unreasonable and unconstitutional’.
CMFR sees the suit against ABS-CBN as a dangerous attempt to control and silence the free press.
Members of the Ampatuan family and accomplices were sentenced up to 40 years in prison for the killing of 58 individuals, 32 of whom were journalists, in 2009.
The judge ruled that the “undue haste in the transmittal of records” by the prosecutor violated the “Rappler” executives’ right to due process.