Press freedom in the Philippines remains in peril, as the unabated
killing of journalists and other attacks against the press continue.

On Dec. 9 (Tuesday), the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ)
will provide a comprehensive update on these killings and other
attacks, including the state of the case against the killers of
Sultan Kudarat journalist Marlene Esperat, who wrote about alleged
corruption at the Department of Agriculture.

FFFJ will also provide an update on the case of Davao journalist Alex
Adonis, who remains imprisoned despite having been pardoned for an
earlier libel case and the recent dismissal of the second one.
Prospero Nograles Jr., who currently serves as Speaker of the House
of Representatives, sued Adonis for libel in 2001 for a report he did
that year. A second suit for the same alleged offense has been
dropped just recently.

The event will be held at 10 AM at Annabel’s Restaurant (194 Tomas
Morato Ave. cor. Scout Delgado, Quezon City). Lunch will be served.

To confirm attendance/coverage , please contact Lara or Carol of the
Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) at the following
numbers telephone numbers: 894-1326/894- 1314/840- 0903/840- 0889
(telefax). You can also email CMFR at staff@cmfr-phil. org.

The FFFJ, established in 2003 to address the rampant killing of
journalists, organized the event with support from the New York-based
Committee to Protect Journalists and the Open Society Institute. CMFR
is a founding member of the FFFJ and serves as its secretariat.


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