CHEERS TO the Philippine Daily Inquirer and Rappler.com for their analyses of the Supreme Court’s (SC) ruling on Senator Juan Ponce Enrile’s petition for bail.
A WEEK AFTER President Benigno Simeon Aquino III appeared before a joint session of the Congress and spoke to his “bosses” for his last State of the Nation Address (SONA), Vice President Jejomar Binay delivered his own version which he described as the “True” SONA (and which the media labeled “TSONA”) on August 3, 2014 at the Cavite State University (CSU) Gymanasium in Indang, Cavite. As expected, the media covered the event live as Binay “exposed” the supposed shortcomings of the administration of which he was a part for nearly five years.
CMFR/Philippines – Four years after surviving an assassination attempt, a radio broadcaster was shot dead in front of a shopping center in Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental province on 27 August 2015.
CMFR/Philippines – Citing “conflict of interest” due to the on-going controversy surrounding the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), ABS-CBN 2 broadcaster Anthony Taberna filed for a leave of absence and announced the decision on his Instagram account last Sunday, 30 August 2015.
FAITH-BASED communities have always played significant roles in addressing national crises, their leaders raising the call for change or speaking on possible actions that will help the country through difficult passages. And yet, the media had not featured the voices for peace from these groups since the tragedy in Mamasapano stalled Congressional action on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL).
The continuing killing of journalists and media workers is still the main threat to media freedom and the autonomy of journalists in the Philippines.
IN a presentation ceremony held at the SGV Hall of the AIM Conference Center in Makati City, the Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility (CMFR) gave MindaNews the Award of Distinction and, with the Embassy of Canada in Manila, named Joseph Morong the 2015 Marshall McLuhan Fellow August 27 in a presentation ceremony.
Sports journalist, editor and author Randy Moore died Friday, August 21. He was 63; Australian Rugby league journalist Alan Clarkson, whose career was “built on accuracy and the unsensational presentation of news,” died Monday, August 24. He was 85.
By Luis V. Teodoro
“BIZARRE” WAS how an American journalist, who’s in the Philippines to write an article on the killing of journalists, described what he’s finding out, among them:
THE FOI Bill is dead. We put the blame squarely on President Aquino and the leadership of the House of Representatives.