The 10th anniversary of the single most deadly assault on journalists ever takes place on 23 November. IFEX’s Asia & Pacific Regional Editor Mong Palatino writes about a decade of activism on behalf of the 58 Ampatuan Massacre victims, among them 32 journalists, in this Spark multimedia feature article.
Recent articles in Philippines
Philippines: Appeal to UNESCO regarding the classification of the Ampatuan massacre case as “resolved”
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.
Philippine alternative news groups file complaints against state agents for threats and surveillance
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.
The prosecution represents an attempt to use tax law and foreign ownership regulations as another weapon to criminalise journalism and silence Ressa and “Rappler” as threats to press freedom and democracy escalate in the Philippines.