Bulatlat receives CMFR’s 2022 Award of Distinction.
State of press freedom: Attacks and threats in 2012
By MELANIE PINLAC Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility The failure of the Benigno Aquino III administration to stop the killing of journalists and to speed up the prosecution of cases in court has disappointed journalists, press freedom defenders—and those who have been demanding justice for their slain kin. Nothing to celebrate Compared to 2011,…
Journalists oppose Cybercrime law
By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Media organizations filed the ninth petition to the Supreme Court seeking to declare the Cybercrime Law unconstitutional, Oct. 3. Media groups National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) and Philippine Press Institute (PPI), along with 20 media outfits, including Bulatlat.com,…
1,000 days after, long battle for justice for victims of Ampatuan massacre looms
By RONALYN V. OLEA
“If the Massacre has made anything clear, it is the difficulty of obtaining justice through a judicial system hostage to technicalities and susceptible to the crafty manipulation of lawyers” – Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility
Abused and unused
By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld Journalists’ and media advocacy groups marked World Press Freedom Day on May 3 this year as in the past years. But as if by agreement, they avoided the word “celebrated,” echoing a National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) statement marking the occasion in 2010 that…
By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com Last week, one of our two functional desktops crashed. It has been serving us for God-knows-how-many-years. The old model Macbook Pro donated to us that we use for video editing is also showing signs of retirement. Our hard disk could no longer be read. Over the radio, our dear friend…
Govt version of Freedom of Information bill restrictive – journalists
By RONALYN V. OLEA
Theodore Te, lawyer and an advocate of freedom of information, noted that in the Aquino administration’s version of the Freedom of Information bill exceptions are longer than the list of information subject to mandatory disclosure.
Sidebar: Access to information more difficult under Aquino
Local, International Journalists’ Groups Warn Against Possible Release of Key Suspect in Ampatuan Massacre
By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Media organizations here and abroad have raised alarm over the possibility that one of the suspects in the Ampatuan massacre would be released from detention. The gruesome Ampatuan massacre on Nov. 23, 2009 claimed the lives of 58 individuals, including 32 journalists and media workers. It has been…
Journalists Commemorate First Anniversary of Ampatuan Massacre with Reminders, Call for Justice
By RONALYN V. OLEA
“The activities are meant to enhance public awareness on the Ampatuan massacre and on impunity,” CMFR deputy director and former dean of the UP-CMC Luis Teodoro said in a press conference Nov. 16.
Old Electoral Problems Still Exist, Remain Unresolved – Journalists
By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
Same old names, same old problems dominated the May 2010 elections, but there is reason to hope in the determination voters and teachers showed to make it work.
CMFR Philippines – Ex-broadcaster Candidate Killed
Press Release 26 April 2010 CMFR/PHILIPPINES – A former freelance radio reporter on 14 April 2010 was shot dead in Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental. Initial police reports indicated the killing to be election-related. Ozamis City is approximately 782.87 kilometers from Manila. Edwin Sigue, a councilor of barangay San Antonio who used to sideline as a…