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P-Noy urged to stop killings

From Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

SEVERAL MEDIA, media advocacy organizations and journalism professors and students led by the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ) are urging President Benigno Aquino III to take concrete steps to stop human rights violations and the continuing killing and harassment of journalists and political activists.

The Manila newspaper BusinessWorld, students and professors of the University of the Philippines, the organization of editors of student newspapers, and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines joined FFFJ in reminding the Aquino administration of its promise last August 2010 to take several steps to stop the killings.

Less than a year after Aquino’s assuming office, six journalists, three in the line of duty, have been killed. The first killing happened less than two weeks after President Benigno Aquino III was sworn into office. On 9 July 2010, a gunman riding tandem on a motorcycle shot broadcaster Miguel Belen in Camarines Sur. Belen died 22 days after the shooting.

In an open letter dated 17 April 2011, the media groups and journalism and communication professors and students asked Benigno Aquino III “to show political will to put an end to impunity and to launch the presidential initiatives needed to begin the process of change.”

“Mr. President, what is needed is concrete action that will turn the page in the public mind: action that will send a signal that the executive will do all that is necessary and within its power to counter impunity,” the letter read.

They reminded the president of his promise of change, including the promise to put an end to injustice and impunity. “You were elected,” they said, “ because the people were hungry for change, and you thwart that belief in the possibility of change at risk of the people’s loss of faith in the capacity of the system to deliver justice.”

“(T)he failure to prosecute the killers of journalists as well as those of political activists…is sending the dangerous signal that, as in the administration of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the killings can continue during your watch without the perpetrators being punished. That failure will confirm that impunity will continue to reign and those with the means will not stop the use of violence against those they wish to silence.”

The groups also reminded Aquino of the recommendations they submitted to the Aquino administration in an August 2010 meeting between the FFFJ and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and officials of the Aquino government.

The recommendations include the strengthening of the Witness Protection Program and the formation of Multi-sectoral Quick Response Teams.

The groups also asked Aquino to request the judiciary to review the present justice system, especially the rules of court, and to help speed up the pace of the Ampatuan Massacre and other trials on media killings.

Aside from FFFJ and its member-organizations, students and faculty members of the University of the Philippines-College of Mass Communication,  BusinessWorld, and the College Editors Guild of the Philippines signed the open letter.

FFFJ is a coalition of six media organizations: the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, the Center for Community Journalism and Development, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (The broadcasters’ association), the Philippine Press Institute, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, and the US-based Philippine News.  It was founded in 2003 to assist in the prosecution of the killers of journalists and to provide humanitarian assistance to the families of slain journalists and media workers.

500 Days since Philippines Massacre: It’s Time for Aquino to Act

 

International press freedom organisations today called on Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to direct his administration to provide the necessary resources and support to ensure the swift prosecution of suspects accused of murdering journalists and media workers.

 

Marking 500 days since the November 2009 massacre of 58 people, including 32 journalists and media workers, in the southern island of Mindanao, Philippine and international organisations jointly expressed their outrage and deep concerns at the continuing delays in prosecuting key suspects in the Mindanao massacre and other media killings in the Philippines.

 

“The atrocity in Ampatuan Town, Maguindanao, on 23 November 2009 occurred in the context of a decades-long culture of impunity for violence against journalists and other human rights defenders in the Philippines,” the joint statement by the international partnership group said.

 

“President Aquino and his administration must show a firm commitment to end impunity by ensuring that perpetrators of violence against journalists be brought to justice.”

 

Trials are under way for 52 defendants in the Maguindanao massacre. Among the total 195 charged, at least 83 suspects are in custody while more than 100 remain at large.

 

National and international journalists’ organisations and media groups are gravely concerned by alleged attempts to stall and subvert the judicial process. This includes alleged offers of bribes to victims’ families, and intimidation and deadly violence against witnesses, according to research by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

 

One witness, known as Jesse, was killed in June 2010. A member of the Ampatuan family militia, whose leaders are among those accused of organising the massacre, Jesse was in the process of enrolling in the Justice Department’s witness protection program. He had given several press interviews detailing his role as one of the gunmen in the 2009 massacre.

 

Throughout 2010 and 2011, proceedings have been delayed as defence lawyers filed a series of motions, including efforts to remove the judge and prosecutors. The delays have added to the financial strain on witnesses and family members attending the hearings.

 

Further, prime suspect Zaldy Ampatuan has filed for a judicial review in the Philippine Court of Appeals. If the review favors him, Ampatuan will be removed from the list of accused, and released from detention in Manila.

 

In March 2011, defence lawyers placed an advertisement in the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Philippine Star alleging that journalists’ organisations are hindering a fair trial for Zaldy Ampatuan by attempting to influence the court’s decision.

 

Meanwhile, Philippine advocates and international experts have raised concerns that prosecution of the case is hindered by flawed forensic work and lack of cooperation among law enforcement officials.

 

Reports that some accused are enjoying special privileges while in detention are also extremely disturbing.

 

The international partners urge the Aquino administration to provide all necessary resources and support to assist the Quezon City regional trial court, which has been assigned the Ampatuan Town massacre proceedings, to conduct hearings fairly and swiftly.

 

The partners stress that local groups representing journalists and media organisations have a right to freely express their concerns about the conduct of the case.

Up to November 23, 2009, at least 61 journalists and media workers had been killed since Gloria Macapagal Arroyo took office in 2001. With inadequate police investigations and charges rarely laid, just five of these cases have gone to trial. Not a single mastermind of these crimes has been convicted.

ENDORSED BY:

 

AMARC

Article 19

Center for Law and Democracy

Committee to Protect Journalists

Index on Censorship

International Federation of Journalists

International Media Support