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October 13, 2014

Filipino journalist threatened after dispute with Vice Governor

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) have called for security protection for a journalist who has received death threats following a misunderstanding with the Vice Governor of Bulacan, on the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. Rommel Ramos , a news stringer with GMA 7, requested a security detail from the Philippine National Police on Tuesday, October 7 following a number of death threats he received over a six day... MORE
October 8, 2014

In Philippines, Senate president sues journalist for libel

The Senate President in the Philippines has filed a libel complaint in the Pasay City Prosecutor's Office against a journalist in Iloilo City. The journalist allegedly committed libel in posting a blog entry implicating the senator in a corruption issue, according to the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR). Iloilo City is approximately 600 km south of Pasay City, Metro Manila. Journalist Manuel "Boy" Mejorada posted a blog entry on September 30, 2013 titled "Putting Safety on the... MORE
September 20, 2014

Filipino broadcaster receives death threats for drug sting report

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joined its affiliate National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) in condemning recent threats made to a radio broadcaster from Maramag town, in Bukidnon in the Northern Mindanao region of the Philippines. Mars Downyben Medina , a programme director at Radyo Abante-Maramag and host of the daily morning news programme and a weekly programme for the provincial government, said he began receiving death threats via text message after five... MORE
September 19, 2014

Filipino journalists denied entry to Ampatuan Massacre trial in Quezon City

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined its affiliate National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) in condemning the action by the Quezon City Jail in refusing entry to three journalists to the make-shift court where the trial for the 196 accused in the Ampatuan Massacre case is currently being held. Journalists Mike Firalde of The Philippine Star; Evan Orias of Malaya; and Ces Drilon of ABS-CBN, were refused entry to the makeshift court inside the Quezon City... MORE
September 11, 2014

‘Anti-selfie’ Bill raises concerns for press freedom in the Philippines

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) is urging the withdrawal of the House Bill 4807, also known as “An Act to Provide Protection From Personal Intrusion for Commercial Purposes”. The bill, which the NUJP said poses a real threat to freedom of press, as well as the right to free expression, aims to “curbs acts of trespassing and other intrusions on personal privacy committed by any person in order to... MORE
August 27, 2014

Filipino broadcaster survives assassination attempt

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns the assassination attempt on a broadcaster in Dagupan City, Pangasinan in the Philippines today and has called on President Benigno Aquino to take drastic measures to address the country’s horrendous record of journalist assassinations before more journalists are killed. Orlando Navarro , 54, was shot in the back by an unidentified gunman in the early hours of Tuesday, August 26, just 15 metres from his home in Barangay Pantal, Dagupan... MORE
June 11, 2014

News broadcaster assassinated at home in the Philippines

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) are saddened to report yet another journalist assassination in the Philippines - the 33rd media worker murder under President Aquino. Nilo Baculo Sr , a radio broadcaster based in Mindoro, was shot dead outside his home in Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro on Monday, June 9. The 67-year-old was the host of Isumbong Mo kay Ka Nilo, a news talk and public service program... MORE
June 11, 2014

Radio journalist killed in the Philippines

The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Filipino authorities to determine the motive in the murder on Monday of radio journalist Nilo Baculo Sr and bring the assailants swiftly to justice. Baculo was shot twice in the chest around noon on Monday by two assailants on a motorcycle in Mindoro Oriental province's Calapan City, according to news reports. The assailants fled on the motorcycle, the reports said. Baculo was an anchorman for dwIM Radyo Mindoro where his program often... MORE
May 27, 2014

Outspoken Filipino broadcaster shot dead in public market

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is saddened to report the brutal murder of a Digos City radio broadcaster in the Philippines this morning, May 23, and has called on the Aquino government to take much-needed decisive action to aim at curbing the disturbing number of attacks directed at the broadcast media. According to the IFJ affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), Samuel Oliverio , 54, was shot and killed along Del Pilar Street, Digos City, at 7... MORE
May 24, 2014

Another journalist killed as violence grips the Philippines

The killing of a radio broadcaster in the Philippines has dealt another blow to wavering press freedom in the country. Samuel Oliverio was attacked on 23 May while driving his motorcycle with his wife in Digos city in the south of the country. A known critic of illegal gambling and drugs trafficking, Oliverio worked for several radio stations on Mindanao island. His shooting comes only weeks after the death of radio host Richard Nadjid , while tabloid journalist Rubylita Garcia was killed in... MORE

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