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By RONALYN V. OLEA
“While we respect the view that a trial by publicity can be detrimental to the accused, we fail to see how that can happen in this case. The Ampatuan case is extremely important for the public, the media and the relatives of the victims. The media and the public — particularly those who live outside Metro Manila and who can only follow the proceedings through the media — need to know exactly what is going on inside the courtroom.”

By AYI MUALLAM
On Wednesday, hundreds of Filipino journalists and activists, along with several of their colleagues from other countries, marched to Mendiola to mark the “Global Day of Action Against Impunity.” The journalists and activists demanded an end to impunity and blamed the Arroyo regime for the rash of killings of activists and journalists nationwide. Listen now

Today, hundreds of Filipino journalists and activists march to protest the Ampatuan massacre, in which 57 people — 31 of them journalists — were slaughtered in the worst election-related violence in the history of the Philippines. Follow today’s events through Bulatlat’s Twitter feeds and the occasional live video: Tell us what you think about the…

Reporters Without Borders today released its Press Freedom Index for 2009. In it, the Philippines ranks 122, compared to last year’s 139. This suggests that press freedom in the Philippines has improved, regardless of the many killings, attacks and intimidation being faced by Filipino journalists. But over the years, the country’s rankings in the index indicate a worsening of press freedom.

MANILA — Unidentified gunmen fired several shots at three media offices in Bangued, Abra province, last night, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) reported Thursday. At around 9 p.m. Wednesday night, two men in separate motorcycles fired at the steel gates of the St. Arnold Janssen Communication Center, which houses the Catholic-run…

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat MANILA — The Right of Reply Bill had been scheduled for deliberation, if not passage, on Wednesday at the House of Representatives, one of the measures that legislators were supposed to be rushing for approval before Congress went on recess beginning June 5. That the legislators adjourned their session on…