Targeting the Media
The Philippines ranks
second to war-torn Iraq as the worst place for journalists, with 13
journalists killed in 2004 alone. Now the Armed Forces of the Philippines
(AFP) and Malacañang are out to make journalism an even more dangerous
profession to practice in this country, by pushing for an anti-terrorism
bill that would include, among others, provisions that would sanction
journalists and media outfits interviewing "terrorists." With this any
journalist interviewing "terrorists" may be accused of "abetting
terrorism," as shown by the experience of broadcast journalist Tina
Panganiban-Perez, and subsequently marked out for punishment.
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