3 Tarlac journalists receive death threats

NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES (NUJP)

Alert

February 19, 2011

3 Tarlac journalists receive death threats

Three Tarlac City journalists received death threats via SMS (short message service) after writing a series of articles on the alleged scams related with the ongoing construction of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

In a report submitted to NUJP, the three said George Hubierna, correspondent of People’s Journal and People’s Tonight, got the first warning on January 8, the same day his report on TPLEX was published. The text message sent from +639997430975 said: “Kung ikaw si George Hubierna mag-ingat kana ‘di mo kilala tinalo mo (If you’re George Hubierna, be careful you don’t know who you’re up against).

On January 10, Tarlac Headline News columnist Nelson Bolos got a message from a former official of Gerona town saying he (Bolos) was identified as part of the group behind the publication (of the stories). Bolos was Hubierna’s researcher on the quarry stories.

Paul Gonzales, Headline News’ publisher and editor-in-chief, was also threatened on January 24. “. . .let’s see how brave you and Bolos are,” read the message sent from mobile number +639497759315. This number was also used two days earlier (January 22) to send a second threat against Hubierna.

Aside from these, a friend informed Bolos that two persons “of shady character” were asking questions about Bolos and Hubierna, even showing cut-out pictures of the two to verify their identities.

NUJP-IFJ Media Safety Office

Reference

Rowena Paraan


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[photo credit:  by Kriss Szkurlatowski, Poland, Websitewww.12frames.eu]

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