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NUJP’s 10TH GA marked by protest vs media killings

QUEZON CITY — Despite the rains, participants to the 10th congress of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) staged a black Friday protest to condemn the latest media killing under the Duterte administration......»»

Category: newsSource: nordis nordisJun 10th, 2018

JUSTICE! Eight years after ‘Maguindanao massacre,’ justice still elusive for families of victims

COTABATO CITY – Families of 58 people brutally killed in Maguindanao province continue to cry for justice eight years after 200 gunmen, believed to be followers of the Ampatuan clan, massacred the victims, 32 of them media workers.  The massacre occurred in the village of Salman in Ampatuan town on November 23, 2009 while supporters and family members of Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu were heading to the office of the Commission on Elections to file his candidacy for governor of Maguindanao and challenging Governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr. who was the patriarch of a clan that long held power in the province.  Mangudadatu invited journalists to cover the event and also to protect his group against alleged threats by the Ampatuans. Mangudadatu himself did not go with the convoy for fear that he would be ambushed and instead sent his wife and sisters and supporters to represent him.  True enough, a large group of armed men, many of them militias and policemen, taking orders from the alleged mastermind, Andal, flagged down the convoy on the highway of Shariff Aguak town, the clan’s stronghold, and held all in the group at gunpoint and brought the victims to a remote location in Ampatuan town and raked them all with automatic weapons. Andal’s son and namesake, Andal, Jr., then mayor of Datu Unsay town, and another son, Zaldy Ampatuan, then the regional governor, and several other clan members along with dozens more are now in jail after being implicated in the massacre. The accused have all denied the charges against them. And many witnesses to the gruesome crime had been killed while others were allegedly bribed to prevent them from testifying. The slow progress of the cases is also putting a stress – both psychologically and spiritually – to the families of those who perished in the massacre.  Murders Media watchdog National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said justice remains as elusive as it was 8 years ago and that journalists continue to be murdered with impunity with 178 murdered since 1986 – the last five killed in the year and a half since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.  It said of the 198 massacre suspects, only 115 have been arrested and 112 have been arraigned and that four had died in the course of the proceedings, including primary suspect Andal Sr.  Out of the 112, NUJP said 70 were allowed by the court to post bail, including Andal Sr.’s youngest son, Sajid Islam, who was freed in 2015 after posting P11.6-million bail. This number also included 17 police officers who were allowed by the court to post bail because of weak evidence.  As of July 11, 2017, it said 102 of the accused remain in detention, including main suspects Andal Jr.; Zaldy and also Chief Inspector Sukarno Dicay, then the police chief of the 15th Regional Mobile Group that was conducting the checkpoint when the convoy was stopped by gunmen.  “We have been informed that with only three more principal accused in the massacre trial still to present their witnesses, it would be reasonable to hope for a resolution by next year. We do hope so and pray it will be a triumph for justice. However, the numbers do not offer too much reason for optimism.”  “But as we have pointed out before, notwithstanding its shocking magnitude, the Ampatuan massacre was not an aberration but an inevitable result of the rotten system of governance that afflicts our country. It is a governance of expediency by which all presidents, bar none, court the loyalty of the warlords, crime lords and corrupt clans who infest Philippine politics and rule their bailiwicks like fiefdoms, because this is the only way they can rule effectively,” NUJP said.  Impunity Lawyer Jose Begil Jr, of the Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao, said the massacre could potentially go down in history as one of the most long-drawn high profile cases, despite the Justice Department’s declaration that the case is now on its tail end.  He recalled that the late Senator Joker Arroyo had predicted that the trial could take 200 years with nearly 200 defendants and 300 witnesses. “Additionally, prosecution witnesses have either been killed under questionable circumstances, are missing, or were intimidated,” Begil said. “Eight years have passed, justice is nowhere in sight,” Begil said, adding, the culture of impunity, still pervades the Duterte government.  “The Arroyo government was responsible for this impunity against journalists, lawyers, and other human rights defenders. The Aquino government failed to deliver on its promise to attain justice for the victims. And now, the Duterte government has simply expanded this culture of impunity, this time not only against journalists but to drug offenders, and more viciously against human rights activists,” Begil said.  Letter to Pope In 2014, family members of journalists who perished in the massacre had written a letter addressed to Pope Francis and read by Grace Morales during the 5th commemoration of the killings in Ampatuan town.  Grace is the widow of Rosell Morales and sister of Marites Cablitas, circulation manager and publisher of News Focus, who was among those killed.  The letter reads: “Kami ay mga asawa, anak, magulang at kapatid ng mga pinaslang sa bayan ng Ampatuan, Maguindanao noong ika -23 ng Nobyembre 2009. Ang aming mga mahal sa buhay ay kasama sa masaker kung saan 58 ang nasawi kabilang ang 32 mamahayag.  Taun-taon ay bumabalik kami rito sa […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

NUJP asks tourism sec to call for a stop to EJK

BAGUIO CITY — The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) urged Secretary Wanda Teo of the Department of Tourism to call for a stop to extrajudicial killings instead of asking the media to tone down reports. During a televised briefing with Cabinet members in Thailand on March 22, Teo appealed to the media to tone down reports about extrajudicial killings, saying such stories “make it hard for us to sell the Philippines.” Teo, however, said there has still been an increase in tourist arrivals in the country despite EJK reports. In a statement, NUJP agreed that it would really be difficult to “sell” the country as a tropical paradise destination for tourists with the over 7,000 deaths in relation to the President’s war of drugs. But the media organization pointed out that it is their job to report on what is really happening in the country and not to cover up gruesome reports for a PR campaign. “It would be better if, instead of asking us to ‘tone down’ the killings, you ask the President to order an end to them. That way, we could truthfully report that the killing season is over and the Philippines is, well, ‘more fun’,” the NUJP statement read. ' em> strong>nordis.net /strong> /em>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsMar 26th, 2017

second woman held over death of Kim Jong-nam – The Guardian

Malaysian police have detained a second woman in connection with the apparent assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. The Malaysian inspector general said in a statement that the suspect had been identified as Siti Aishah, an Indonesian national. Her birthday was given as 11 February 1992, and place of birth as Serang, Indonesia. It is not clear if her passport was genuine. The statement said she had been positively identified from CCTV footage at Kuala Lumpur international airport and was alone when she was apprehended in the early hours of Thursday. Channel News Asia quoted a police source as saying that a Malaysian man had also been arrested on Thursday in connection with Kim’s death. The confirmed arrest of a second suspect follows the detention on Wednesday of 28-year-old woman, whose Vietnamese passport bore the name Doan Thi Huong. She too had been positively identified from CCTV footage and was alone at the time of her arrest, the inspector general said. Still photos from the video, confirmed as authentic by police, showed a woman in a skirt and long-sleeved white T-shirt with “LOL” emblazoned across the front. Malaysian police have reportedly been granted permission to remand both women in custody for seven days. Police are also seeking “a few” other suspects in connection with the killing of Kim Jong-nam, apparently carried out with a fast-acting poison, as he prepared to board a flight from Kuala Lumpur to his home in Macau on Monday morning. “We are looking for more suspects,” Selangor state police chief Abdul Samah Mat said, but declined to say how many were being sought, or their nationalities. Intelligence officials in South Korea have said they suspect Kim’s killing was carried out by people working on behalf of the North Korean regime. There is mounting speculation that his death was ordered by Kim Jong-un, possibly as retribution for criticisms his elder brother made against his leadership in interviews with the Japanese journalist, Yoji Gomi, in 2012. As Malaysian authorities searched for other suspects in a case that has focused attention on the apparent lengths to which North Korea will go to ensure the regime’s stability. Malaysian media cited unnamed sources as saying that North Korean officials had spent hours trying to persuade Malaysia not to conduct an autopsy and for Kim’s body be handed over to Pyongyang. Malaysia refused the request, since North Korea did not submit a formal protest, according to Abdul Samah Mat, a senior Malaysian police official. No decision has yet been taken on whether the body will eventually be handed over to the North. While Pyongyang has made no official comment on Kim’s death, it has not attempted to conceal its interest in his fate. On Wednesday, it sent a black Jaguar car with diplomatic number plates and flags to the mortuary at Kuala Lumpur hospital, where an autopsy was conducted on Wednesday evening. It was not immediately clear if or when the autopsy results would be made public. Kim, who was 45, fell ill after apparently being attacked from behind with a chemical spray, and died in an ambulance on the way to hospital. At the time of his death he was carrying a North Korean passport that gave his name as Kim Chol, born in Pyongyang on 10 June 1970. His death has parked speculation about the possible involvement of Kim Jong-un, whose five-year rule of North Korea has been marked by purges and executions of people perceived as a threat to his leadership. The highest-profile victim of Kim’s “reign of terror” was his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, who was executed on treason charges in late 2013. Jang, once considered his nephew’s most trusted adviser, was also believed to have been close to Kim Jong-nam, whom he had helped raise. Kim Jong-nam attempted to lead an unremarkable life with his family in Macau, according to exchanges with Gomi. “Because I was educated in the west, I was able to enjoy freedom from early age and I still love being free,” he told Gomi, whose book on Kim was published in 2012. “The reason I visit Macau so often is because it’s the most free and liberal place near China, where my family lives.” Kim Byung-kee, a South Korean MP, said intelligence services had told him Kim Jong-un professed to “hate” his half brother, whom he feared could one day play a role in the overthrow of his regime. The spy agency’s has also made unverified claims that North Korea had spent five years attempting to kill Kim Jong-nam. They cited a “genuine” attempt in 2012 after he had described his brother as ”just a nominal figure”, and lambasted the county’s hereditary transfer of power as a “joke to the outside world”. “The Kim Jong-un regime will not last long,” he told Gomi. “Without reforms, North Korea will collapse, and when such changes take place, the regime will collapse.” A terrified Kim is reported to have written to Kim Kong-un after the 2012 assassination attempt in which he pleaded with his brother to assure his safety and that of his family. The letter said: “I hope you cancel the order for the punishment of me and my family. We have nowhere to go, nowhere to hide, and we know that the only way to escape is committing suicide.” Kim Jong-nam may have succeeded his father, Kim [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2017

​​NUJP condemns PSG harassment of Palace reporters

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines condemns personnel of the Presidential Security Group who attempted to prevent media from covering a protest outside Malacanang by relatives of political prisoners Tuesday morning.    While we understand the PSG’s task of securing the grounds of the presidential palace, we do not see how part of [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2017

NUJP holds silent protest to demand justice for Ampatuan Massacre victims

MAKATI CITY (NUJP / 01 Nov) &'8212; The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and the family of Daniel Tiamzon, one of the 32 media workers killed in the Nov 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre, held a silent protest at the Manila South Cemetery in Maka.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 1st, 2016

With 'guarded optimism,' NUJP welcomes task force on media killings - GMA News

With 'guarded optimism,' NUJP welcomes task force on media killings - GMA News.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsOct 14th, 2016

NUJP to Cayetano: Counting drug-related killings part of media’s duty

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) slammed Senator Alan Peter Cayetano for accusing the media of blowing.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2016

Celebs, personalities honor, support ‘gravely ill’ Aretha Franklin

News of "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin being gravely ill has compelled many admirers, celebrities and non-celebrities alike, to take to social media to offer their support and pay homage to the legendary singer. Known for songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "I Say A Little Prayer", among others, Franklin has long immortalized herself as a true icon of soul music thanks to her decades' worth of experience and accolades, such as her 18 Grammy Awards and the first woman to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The 76-year-old was first diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and marked her last performance in November 2017 for the Elton Jo...Keep on reading: Celebs, personalities honor, support ‘gravely ill’ Aretha Franklin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

Media tagged as Enemy of state

SENATOR Grace Poe expressed concern over the military tagging media as the “enemy of the state” during the hearing of her Committee on Public Information and Mass Media regarding media protection. Poe reacted after the National Union of Journalist in the Philippines (NUJP) told the hearing that the Armed Forces….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Georgia marks 10th anniversary of its war with Russia

Georgia on Wednesday marked the tenth anniversary of its war with Russia which has left the country dismembered with its separatist regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia remaining under Moscow's control. Georgia's five-cross red-and-white national flags were flying at half-mast outside government buildings as the tiny Black Sea nation mourned the victims of the bloody war. On Wednesday morning, President Giorgi Margvelashvili laid a wreath at the memorial cemetery of the Georgian soldiers killed in the conflict. He is later due to address troops at the Senaki military base that was looted and destroyed by invading Russian forces during the conflict and then rebuilt as a show...Keep on reading: Georgia marks 10th anniversary of its war with Russia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Poe to lead public hearing on media killings

Poe to lead public hearing on media killings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bicolstandardRelated NewsAug 7th, 2018

Task Force on Media Security invited to Senate inquiry into attacks vs journos

The Senate is set to look into the rise of media killings next week, according to Presidential Task Force on Violence against Media Workers chief Joel Egco. Source link link: Task Force on Media Security invited to Senate inquiry into attacks vs journos.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2018

Netizens echo call to 'BoycottNutriasia over violent protest dispersal

MANILA, Philippines – A number of netizens have been throwing their condiments into trash cans and posting it on social media with the hashtag #BoycottNutriasia. The move is a symbolic response to the violent dispersal that took place outside NutriAsia's plant in Marilao, Bulacan , on Monday, July 30. While the hashtag is not new, it was ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

It’s Rubens vs. Facebook in fight over artistic nudity

BRUSSELS (AP) --- For four centuries, the opulent, exuberant nudes of Peter Paul Rubens have been known to shock and delight in sometimes equal measure. And now, even in 2018, his Baroque paintings are still jolting the internet. Belgian museums are uniting in protest against Facebook since they cannot promote Flemish Masters including Rubens at will for fear of falling foul of the social media site's adult content rules and automatic censorship. "The bare breasts and buttocks painted by our artist are considered by you to be inappropriate. We have noticed that Facebook consistently rejects works of art by our beloved Peter Paul Rubens," over a dozen top Belgian art officials wrote...Keep on reading: It’s Rubens vs. Facebook in fight over artistic nudity.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 29th, 2018

Duterte s concern for human lives gets attention but for wrong reasons

Filipinos took to social media their frustration with President Rodrigo Duterte's remark in his third SONA where he said his concern is not human rights but the lives of people amid thousands of cases of extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

Group of ex-political detainess gather along Commonwealth to protest killings, unfulfilled promises

A GROUP of ex-political detainees gathered in Commonwealth in Quezon City ahead of President Rodrigo Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address on Monday. Rudy Tubero, a member of the Ex-Political Detainees Initiative, said his group was protesting against the killings and the unfulfilled promises under the Duterte administration. “Nandito kami para mapakita na talagang [...] The post Group of ex-political detainess gather along Commonwealth to protest killings, unfulfilled promises appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

Catholics mark day of prayer for blasphemers, murderers

MANILA, Philippines – Catholics marked a day of prayer on Monday, July 16, for blasphemers, liars, and murderers, as President Rodrigo Duterte calls God stupid , and as nearly 27,800 Filipinos die in vigilante-style killings and police operations combined.  The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Trump back in Scotland ahead of talks with Putin

TURNBERRY, Scotland --- A roving press conference. Reporters piling into golf carts and running along fairways trying to keep up. A protester scattering golf balls marked with swastikas. The last time Donald Trump traveled to Scotland was in 2016, hours after the Brexit vote and shortly after he became the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. He created a media maelstrom as he held court with the press, compared pro-Brexit voters to his own supporters and mixed campaigning with business promotion in a way that was signature Trump. This time, his trip is likely to be less dramatic, as he spends the weekend out of the spotlight preparing for his high-stakes summit with Ru...Keep on reading: Trump back in Scotland ahead of talks with Putin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Uganda police fire teargas, bullets at social media tax protest

KAMPALA, Uganda –  Ugandan police fired live bullets and teargas Wednesday, July 11, to break up a crowd of demonstrators who had gathered to protest a controversial tax on the use of social media. Since the beginning of the month access to media such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, as well ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

India asks WhatsApp to prevent misuse after mob killings

India's government says it has asked WhatsApp to take "immediate action" to prevent the social media platform from being misused to spread rumors and irresponsible statements like those blamed for recent deadly mob attacks in the country......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018