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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

Journalists slam PNP over door-to-door bid for good coverage

MANILA, Philippines – The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) slammed the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday, October 7, for its recent visit to a newspaper office in Bacolod  to ask for favorable news coverage . "The media should not be blamed if it reports critical stories, like drug wars, killings, and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 7th, 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

ABS-CBN targets Hollywood-level productions with P700-M sound stages

Media giant ABS-CBN Corp. inaugurated two sound stages in Bulacan province last Friday, a development that marked the beginning of a production hub that will be used to churn out content faster and more efficiently.   Sound stages are massive hangar-like, sound-proof structures. ABS-CBN chair Mark Lopez said the facilities, which span about 1,500 square meters each with a height of 30 feet, were similar to those used by the world's largest media and entertainment companies.   "What I'm most proud of about this project is that we're creating Hollywood-level sound stages, which puts us [on] par with the rest of the world," Lopez said in a statement.   ABS-C...Keep on reading: ABS-CBN targets Hollywood-level productions with P700-M sound stages.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Farmers troop to Manila to protest killings, militarization – Manila Bulletin

Farmers troop to Manila to protest killings, militarization  Manila Bulletin Farmers and peasant sectors trooped to Mendiola in Manila Friday to protest what they claimed are human rights abuses committed within their ranks. Source link link: Farmers troop to Manila to protest killings, militarization – Manila Bulletin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Farmers troop to Manila to protest killings, militarization

Farmers and peasant sectors trooped to Mendiola in Manila Friday to protest what they claimed are human rights abuses committed within their ranks. Farmers troop to Manila to protest killings, militarization Source link: Farmers troop to Manila to protest killings, militarization.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 7th, 2018

Gov’t steps up fight vs media killings

By: Gail T. Momblan THE government has committed its full involvement in solving cases of media killings and violence in the Philippines, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) said. Undersecretary Jose Joel Sy Egco, PTFoMS Executive Director, said the country improved in the global impunity index for journalists for its relentless efforts in the fight […] The post Gov’t steps up fight vs media killings appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 6th, 2018

FROM UNDER THIS HAT | NUJP cautions solons on proposed HSA amendment

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines urges lawmakers not to be hasty in accepting a proposal to empower the Department of Information and Communication Technology to shut down social media accounts deemed “inimical to national interest” in amendments being considered to the Human Security Act of 2007, or the anti-terror law......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2018

Militants hit Duterte for “failed promises”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/ 30 November) – Militant groups on Friday marked the 155th birth anniversary of Katipunan founder and Father of the Philippine Revolution Andres Bonifacio with a protest at the Freedom Park here to express dismay over the “failed promises” of President Rodrigo Duterte. Kilusang Mayo Uno-Southern Mindanao spokesperson Carlo Olalo said in an […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

Justice still elusive for Maguindanao massacre victims

Nine years after the Maguindanao massacre, cases of killings, death threats, surveillance of media agencies and journalists, libel and online and other harassments have made the practice of journalism in the country even more perilous, Sen. Francis Pangilinan said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 24th, 2018

Ilonggo journalists demand justice for Ampatuan Massacre

By: Gail T. Momblan THE shout for justice echoed in Iloilo City as members of the local media and cause-oriented groups gathered to commemorate the death of 32 journalists in the Nov 23, 2009 Ampatuan Massacre. The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) recalled the worst poll-related violence in the country. NUJP’s official statement […] The post Ilonggo journalists demand justice for Ampatuan Massacre appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 24th, 2018

Mangudadatu bares P100-M offer to drop case vs Ampatuans

COTABATO CITY---Maguindanao Gov. Esmael "Toto" Mangudadatu on Thursday told Malacaang officials he was offered P100 million to drop the charges against those behind the massacre that killed his wife Genalyn, several relatives, and at least 30 media workers nine years ago.   Mangudadatu made the revelation for the first time during a news conference at the site of the killings, where Palace officials joined relatives of the 58 victims in offering prayers for the deceased.   The governor did not go into specifics, only naming a certain Ariel Galindez as the emissary who made the offer.   Galindez, he said, later died in a vehicular crash somewhere in So...Keep on reading: Mangudadatu bares P100-M offer to drop case vs Ampatuans.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2018

7 of 12 journos killed under Duterte admin were from Mindanao

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 22 November) – At least 99 cases of attacks and threats online and on ground against the Philippine media across the nation have been recorded in the first 28 months of the Duterte administration, 12 of these killings, seven of them in Mindanao, according to the latest State of Philippine Media […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2018

Saudi women launch protest against abaya - International Shia News Agency

SHAFAQNA- Dozens of Saudi women in a rare protest against the abaya, have posted pictures on social media wearing the obligatory body-shrouding robe inside out. Women in Saudi have started a protest a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 20th, 2018

Filipino protesters to carry images of Winnie the Pooh during Xi Jinping’s visit

In anticipation of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s arrival in the Philippines on Tuesday for a state visit, some social media users urged the public to bring out pictures, effigies and costumes of Winnie the Pooh as a sign of protest. President Rodrigo Duterte in October 2016 invited Xi to the Philippines when he went to […] The post Filipino protesters to carry images of Winnie the Pooh during Xi Jinping’s visit appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 19th, 2018