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> /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

License to kill, Palparan in bilibid, social media moderators | Midday wRap

Today on Rappler: A 6-month investigation by Rappler shows strong indications the police outsourced extrajudicial killings to a vigilante gang they later on accused of murder. Retired army major general Jovito Palparan is moved to the national penitentiary Wednesday night from military detention. A documentary about Filipinos who moderate content on social media will be screened ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

Disney goes back to drawing board after ‘whitewashing’ complaint

Disney's highly-anticipated animated feature "Ralph Breaks the Internet" is living up to its name ahead of its November release --- but for all the wrong reasons. The studio was hit with a torrent of protest over the depiction of its only black princess in the film, a sequel to the successful "Wreck-It Ralph." Princess Tiana --- who first appeared in Disney's 2009 feature "The Princess and the Frog" --- only has a small role in the new film, but previews appeared to show her with lighter skin and different facial features than she originally had. Under intense pressure on social media, the animation giant has apparently redrawn the character --- a rare decision jus...Keep on reading: Disney goes back to drawing board after ‘whitewashing’ complaint.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

Madrid and Atletico draw in derby, Barcelona stays ahead

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Barcelona is getting some help from its rivals to stay ahead in the Spanish league despite falling into its worst slump in two years. The defending champion failed to win for the third straight game on Saturday, being held by Athletic Bilbao to 1-1 at home. But it was enough to retain its lead after Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid couldn't manage more than 0-0 in the derby at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Real Madrid hasn't won in two consecutive games, being unable to take advantage of Barcelona's struggles. Atletico has won two in a row, but hasn't reached the top because of a poor start. Real Madrid and Barcelona are tied on points, one more than Sevilla, and two more than Atletico, which extended its unbeaten streak in league matches at the Bernabeu to six. Sevilla moved up after defeating Eibar 3-1 in a match marked by the collapse of a railing that left a few fans injured as they fell onto the pitch while celebrating a goal. DERBY DRAW The Madrid derby ended with goalkeepers Jan Oblak and Thibaut Courtois getting the better of the attackers in the few times the teams got near the goal. "I'm not satisfied with the result because we deserved the victory," Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui said. "We created some clear scoring chances." The loudest celebration by Real Madrid fans came when Brazilian teenage sensation Vinicius Junior made his first-team debut, but he entered in the final minutes and didn't do much. Lopetegui couldn't count on left back Marcelo and midfielder Francisco "Isco" Alarcon because of injuries. Gareth Bale was replaced at halftime with an apparent injury. "It was a difficult match, as it always is when we play here," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. "We were better in the first half but in the end it was a fair result." Atletico beat Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup final in the beginning of the season. BARCELONA'S STRUGGLES Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde put Messi in the game early in the second half, but the playmaker couldn't rally the team to victory. He did set up an 84th-minute equalizer by Munir El Haddadi, but it was already too late. Athletic, winless since the first round, opened the scoring before halftime through Oscar De Marco. Sergio Busquets also was rested ahead of Barcelona's Champions League match at Tottenham on Wednesday. He entered the match early in the second half to replace the injured Sergi Roberto. "We have the squad and players to remain strong without depending on only one player," Messi said. "We have to improve on many things, but this is just the beginning, the league is very long." Messi said Barcelona has to stop "conceding goals in every match." The team has conceded five goals in its last three matches, and eight in total in the league this season. RAILING COLLAPSE Sevilla followed its 3-0 rout of Real Madrid with a 3-1 win at Eibar, a match that had to be stopped for a few minutes in the second half because fans fell onto the pitch when a railing collapsed. Some fans were carried away on stretchers, although local media said no serious injuries were immediately reported. WINLESS NO MORE Valencia's winless streak is finally over. A first-half goal by Kevin Gameiro — and a second-half penalty kick save by goalkeeper Neto — gave Valencia its first win in eight matches in all competitions. It was the fifth winless game for Sociedad in the last six league rounds, keeping the Basque Country club near the middle of the table. Sociedad has yet to win at its renovated Anoeta Stadium this season......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018

Wrong move

Predictably, like clockwork, the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte immediately jumped at the opportunity to score him for his jest that supposedly acknowledged extra-judicial killings. Of course, the yellow-backed political opposition as well as its allies in the mainstream media went gaga over Duterte’s statement, trumpeting that it would boost the case against him before […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

It’s always the economy

THE latest controversy from Malacañang – President Rodrigo Duterte’s supposed “confession” to the “sin” of extra-judicial killings – has, again, predictably created a stir among the media, including a number of international news outlets. But his legions of supporters have quickly come to his defense, saying that as a non-native Tagalog speaker and whose mother [...] The post It’s always the economy appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018

Big brother is creating a two-tier society in China: Adam Minter

By Bloomberg Even for Chinese authorities, who have long tried to limit the influence of foreign media and ideas, last week marked an escalation. In the span of a few days, authorities blocked access to Twitch, the video-game live-streaming platform owned by Inc.; ordered a purge of foreign content from school textbooks; and proposed restricting […].....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsSep 26th, 2018

China summons U.S. ambassador over military sanctions

BEIJING, China – China summoned the US ambassador on Saturday, September 22, to lodge an official protest over sanctions imposed by the United States against a Chinese military organization for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles, state media said. The announcement came a day after China called on the United States ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

TNT wins as Blakely returns

Marqus Blakely of TNT executes a jump shot over Rain or Shine’s Norbert Torres on Saturday in Season 43 PBA Governors’ Cup at the at the Passi City gym in Iloilo. PBA MEDIA BUREAU PHOTO TNT KaTropa marked the return of import Marqus Blakely and the arrival of new head coach Bong Ravena with a… link: TNT wins as Blakely returns.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2018

[OPINION] The silence of the shepherds

As the death toll of the government's war on drugs reaches over 25,000 after two years, one of the questions frequently asked is: "Why are many priests silent?" Day after day, the mass media report and show images of extrajudicial killings of suspected users and pushers ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

US envoy on ‘CIA slay plot’: No efforts to undermine Duterte admin

US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim on Friday said there was no such thing as a plot by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to oust or assassinate President Duterte.   "I can assure you with great confidence and conviction that there is actually no effort (on the part) of the US government, including the CIA, to come up with some efforts to undermine ... President Duterte's administration," Kim said.   Kim, who spoke at the 10th US Embassy Seminar for Regional Media on Human Rights Reporting held in Pasay City, was reacting to earlier claims made by the President that the CIA wanted him dead.   Martial law anniversary   The Philippi...Keep on reading: US envoy on ‘CIA slay plot’: No efforts to undermine Duterte admin.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

Bynum’s back

Former All-Star and two-time champion center Andrew Bynum is reportedly trying to make a comeback in the NBA. Over the past few days, his “workout” videos have been popping up all over social media. He has been working out in the Los Angeles Lakers’ training facility and is scheduling workouts with other teams. Drafted 10th [...] The post Bynum’s back appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

Protest at Libingan, Mass In Sarrat mark Marcos’ 101st birthday

Two contrasting moods marked the 101st birthday of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos on Tuesday. Dozens descended on his resting place at Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City, bearing not flowers and well-wishes but scathing placards and righteous indignation. Hundreds of kilometers to the north, the mood in Ilocos Norte province was solemn and quiet, unlike the lavish celebration by Ilocanos on the 100th birthday of Marcos last year. Because it was not a special holiday, most residents went about their daily routines. Last year, thousands of Marcos loyalists wearing red shirts gathered here and in the late dictator's birthplace, Sarrat town, to celebrate. But on Tue...Keep on reading: Protest at Libingan, Mass In Sarrat mark Marcos’ 101st birthday.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018