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Court sets worrying precedent by sequestering salary of journalist in libel suit

first_img PanamaAmericas August 18, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court sets worrying precedent by sequestering salary of journalist in libel suit to go further Follow the news on Panama RSF’s calls for release of Dutch journalist jailed in Panama Reporters Without Borders wrote today to Panama’s minister of government and justice, Héctor Alemán, voicing concern about a 9 August court order sequestering the property and salary of La Prensa reporter Jean Marcel Chéry to the value of 18,753 dollars (about 15,000 euros) in payment of libel damages to supreme court judge Winston Spadafora.”We hold that the sentence is disproportionate and is a step backwards in a country that has just finally repealed laws that were especially unfavourable to press freedom,” the organisation said. “We fear that it sets a dangerous precedent and will encourage journalists to censor themselves.”Judge Spadafora sued Chéry over a report claiming that Spadafora turned a blind eye to a two-million-dollar debt which one of his friends, Jean Figali, owed a government entity, the Interoceanic Regional Authority (ARI). Chéry was notified of the court order on 16 August, the same day La Prensa ran a story accusing Spadafora of being a poor supreme court judge.A year ago, on 7 August 2003, Spadafora sued Chéry, fellow journalist Gustavo Aparicio and the El Panamá América daily newspaper over a report accusing Spadafora of mismanaging public funds as interior minister. Chéry and Aparicio were sentenced to 12 months in prison for libel but were pardoned later in the year by President Mireya Moscoso. January 30, 2012 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts RSF_en center_img PanamaAmericas Anti-Corruption Day : Journalists on front line of fight against corruption News News News December 9, 2016 Find out more December 7, 2016 Find out more Canadian TV crew hoping to cover mining dispute fears being denied entry Organisation last_img read more

Tropik FM back on the air

first_img RSF_en September 15, 2020 Find out more TogoAfrica TogoAfrica Follow the news on Togo to go further News News 03.18.2003Radio Tropik FM returned to the air on 15 March after the national broadcasting authority (HAAC) ended the station’s two-week suspension, asking it to avoid the “excesses” that led to its shutdown. The management said it would make changes in the discussion programme concerned, which aired opposition views. Station boss Albert Biki Tchékin said the move was “similar to censorship, but we’re going to see how we can reorganise the show to still allow people to say what they think.”________________________________________________________________03.5.2003Private radio station closed by presidential orderOn 28 February 2003, the Audiovisual and Communications HighAuthority (Haute Autorité de l’audiovisuel et de la communication, HAAC)announced the closure of the private radio station Tropik FM “until furthernotice.” Reporters Without Borders condemns this unacceptable move and urges the authorities to doeverything within their power to ensure that the station is allowed toresume broadcasting as soon as possible. The organisation also notes thatTropik FM is the second private radio station to be closed by theauthorities in the past year. Both stations frequently featured oppositionvoices on the air.Reporters Without Borders recalls that President Gnassingbé Eyadéma is included on theorganisation’s list of international press freedom predators.President Eyadéma accuses Tropik FM of allowing the opposition to insult theregime. Station director Albert Biki Tchékin was summoned to the head ofstate’s residence on 28 February. The president particularly complainedabout the broadcast of a programme called “Civic and Political Forum”, whichfeatures political debates and is followed by a live public call-inprogramme. Tchékin stated, “Nobody insulted the head of state. When weinvite opposition representatives we also invite people who are close to thegovernment. People often give an emotional response in the street.” He addedthat his radio station was even prohibited from broadcasting music.Reporters Without Borders recalls that the private station Radio Victoire was closed on 7 February2002. The radio station was accused ofnot complying with the HAAC’s formal demand that the station ceasebroadcasting several “controversial” programmes that “led their hosts tomake impassioned and defamatory statements that discredit (Togo’s)constitutional and administrative authorities.” One of the programmes hadfeatured a denunciation of human rights violations in the country. Receive email alerts March 8, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News News Togo court upholds “baseless and disproportionate” newspaper closures Organisation Togolese authorities urged to lift newspaper’s four-month suspension March 11, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Convicting “petrolgate” journalist of defamation would be disastrous, RSF says March 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tropik FM back on the airlast_img read more

In new escalation, Burundian minister threatens French radio reporter

first_img News January 6, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 In new escalation, Burundian minister threatens French radio reporter News Receive email alerts BurundiAfrica Reports Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is outraged by the Burundian government’s barely veiled threat against a visiting French radio journalist, the latest escalation in attacks on freedom of information in a country that is spiralling ever deeper into political violence and confusion.In a 4 January press release, the public security minister attacked the “customary accursed reporting” by Sonia Rolley, a Radio France Internationale journalist who arrived in Burundi two weeks ago, and accused her of broadcasting “inflammatory false information” and fabricating interviews.Rolley’s reporting has included coverage of the systematic use of rape during police raids.In a barely veiled threat, the communiqué ended by saying, “the authorized government services will take the necessary measures to deal with this journalist’s disruptive activities.”“It is absolutely outrageous that a government minister should make such threats against a journalist known for the quality of her reporting,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk.“On the one hand, President Pierre Nkurunziza makes fine-sounding announcements and talks about reopening certain media outlets. On the other, he allows officials to continue intimidating journalists and censor the few scraps of information emerging from the current chaos. The government is violating not only the right of journalists to do their work but also the Burundian public’s right to know what is going on in their country.” Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists News October 21, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Burundi June 5, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Burundi is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 press freedom index, which covered events in 2014. The arbitrary closure of news media and persecution of journalists accompanying the political crisis that erupted in 2015 means that Burundi is unlikely to hold this position in the next press freedom index.More information about the crisis in Burundi here. Organisation BurundiAfrica RSF_en November 27, 2020 Find out more Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention to go furtherlast_img read more

Moscow court asked to rule that Moldovan journalist’s deportation was illegal

first_img May 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF_en News May 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Receive email alerts BelarusEurope – Central Asia center_img Follow the news on Belarus Help by sharing this information February 20, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Moscow court asked to rule that Moldovan journalist’s deportation was illegal to go further News читать на русскомA lawyer acting for Natalia Morar, a Moldovan journalist employed at the Moscow headquarters of The New Times weekly, has asked a Moscow court to rule that her deportation on 16 December at the behest of the FSB security service was illegal. Morar also wants the FSB to be forced to take all necessary steps to remove the obstacles to her return to Russia.The lawyer, Yuri Kostanov, filed the petition on 14 February. A hearing is to be held on 17 March. He told the privately-owned Interfax news agency that the FSB broke the law in several ways. “When you prepare to expel someone, an entire series of decisions, in particular, decisions concerning a permanent employment, have to be taken and the person has to be informed, but Natalia Morar was given no notification of this kind,” he said.Furthermore, no grounds were given for the deportation, Kostanov said. The authorities just cited article 27 of a 1996 law concerning movements in and out of Russia, which says foreigners can be denied entry if they pose a threat to security or public health.Morar was denied entry at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport on 16 December, when she returned with a group of journalists from a press trip to Israel. After being told by FSB officials that she was “undesirable” and was not authorised to reenter Russia, she was put a flight to Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, where she is from.Read previous article about Natalia Morar RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News BelarusEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Deadly month for journalists in Mexico

first_img Organisation Reports Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Journalists hold signs during a protest in Mexico City against the recent murder of Miroslava Breach, on March 25, 2017. ALFREDO ESTRELLA / AFP In response to the past month’s surge in violence, RSF joins the Mexican media in urging the government to take decisive measures to end the deadly spiral.In one of the latest attacks, gunmen burst into freelance journalist Julio Omar Gómez’s home in the city of Cabo San Lucas, in the northwestern state of Baja California Sur, on 28 March. Gómez and his family escaped unhurt but his bodyguard fought with his assailants and was killed.Gómez has been receiving protection under the Federal Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists since last December, after his home was the target of an arson attack.Until last year, he was the director of the news website 911 Noticias, in which he often condemned abuses by local officials, corruption and drug trafficking, which is particularly entrenched in this Mexican state. He had recently suspended his journalistic activities after being the target of several previous attacks, including the one on his home.“We reiterate the request made to the Federal Mechanism’s members to urgently reinforce the security measures for Julio Omar Gómez,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau.According to information relayed by the federal authorities, Gómez has temporarily left the region as a safety measure.On 29 March, the day after the attack on Gómez, Armando Arrieta Granados, the managing editor of the regional newspaper La Opinión, was the victim of a murder attempt in Poza Rica, in the eastern state of Veracruz. According to the information obtained by RSF, gunmen shot and wounded Arrieta as he was leaving work and he is now in a critical condition in hospital. He is a veteran journalist who has spent most of his 28-year career at La Opinión.The newspaper’s director, Raúl Gibb Guerrero, was gunned down outside his home in April 2005. He is one of a total of 20 journalists to have been killed in the state of Veracruz since 2000.“This climate of terror for Mexico’s journalists cannot go on,” Colombié added. “Organized crime and corruption are making it impossible for journalists to work and are condemning them to censorship and silence. It is up to the federal authorities to systematically address this problem, to reinforce the protection mechanisms already in effect and to emphasize the fundamental role that the media must play in a democratic country.”This week’s murder attempts came just days after Miroslava Breach, a 54-year-old reporter for the Norte de Juárez and La Jornada newspapers, was killed in the northern state of Chihuahua on 23 March. She was shot several times in her car and died while being rushed to hospital.Breach covered organized crime and corruption, and had just written a story about an armed conflict between the two leaders of a criminal group linked to the Juárez Cartel.She was the third journalist to be murdered in Mexico since the start of the year, following Ricardo Monlui, gunned down on 19 March in Yanga, a locality just outside Córdoba, in Veracruz state, and Cecilio Pineda Birto, gunned down on 2 March in Ciudad Altamirano, in the southwestern state of Guerrero.Mexico is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en May 5, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information MexicoAmericas Condemning abuses ImpunityViolence Receive email alerts March 31, 2017 Deadly month for journalists in Mexico News Follow the news on Mexico News News MexicoAmericas Condemning abuses ImpunityViolence May 13, 2021 Find out more In a report published on 2 February, entitled “Veracruz: journalists and the state of fear,” RSF examined the difficulties of working as a journalist in Mexico and proposed a series of recommendations to the federal and local authorities for ending the spiral of violence. to go further As Mexico becomes more hostile than ever for media personnel, with three murders of journalists and two attempted murders in March alone, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) sounds the alarm yet again and urges President Enrique Peña Nieto to find a lasting solution to this tragic situation. last_img read more

President urged not to sign draconian Internet censorship into law

first_img RSF_en News April 2, 2021 Find out more (Photos: Adem Altan / AFP) Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Turkey April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that the Turkish parliament last night passed a package of amendments drastically reinforcing Internet censorship. Reporters Without Borders had urged legislators to abandon these amendments last month.“This vote is disastrous for online freedom of information,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “It allows the government to censor the Internet even more extensively, to monitor users and to take control of Internet Service Providers and other technical intermediaries.“The degree of cyber-censorship was already worrying in Turkey but these amendments take it to new level. We urge President Abdullah Gül not to sign them into law as they violate the constitution and international conventions that Turkey has signed.”The amendments to Law 5651 were approved late last night after several hours of stormy debate. They are part of a legislative ragbag that must be voted again in its entirety after all the individual components have been voted. The amendments adopted yesterday would allow the authorities to block any Internet content that “violates privacy” or is “discriminatory or insulting” without having to seek a court order. Members of the Union of Access Providers would face harsh penalties if they failed to comply with censorship orders. They could also be required to keep all user connection data for two years and surrender it to the authorities on request. See the detailed analysis of this legislation in our earlier press release.The adoption of these amendments is all the more worrying for coming at time of intense government pressure on news providers. Two news sites run by journalists ­– Mehmet Baransu’s Yenidonem and Serdar Akinan’s – and the Vimeo and Soundcloud platforms have been blocked in recent weeks after revealing different aspects of the corruption cases rocking the government since December.The High Council for Telecommunications (TIB) also forced four other news websites –,, and – to remove articles referring to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s alleged role in the acquisition of the ATV-Sabah media group. The removal order also applied to nothing more than a reference to the question that opposition parliamentarian Umut Oran asked on this issue.Last night’s vote has prompted an outcry in Turkey and abroad. Turkish jurist and Internet expert Yaman Akdeniz called it an “Orwellian nightmare” while the Union of Turkish Journalists (TGC) called the amendments “an attack on such fundamental rights as freedom of expression and the protection of personal data.” The European Commission voiced “serious concerns” and called for the amendments to be “to be revised in line with European standards.”The European Court of Human Rights has often condemned Turkey’s cyber-censorship. In a December 2012 ruling, the Court said restricting access to a source of information was only compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights “if a strict legal framework was in place regulating the scope of the ban and affording the guarantee of judicial review to prevent possible abuses.” Organisation Help by sharing this information News Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more to go further February 6, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President urged not to sign draconian Internet censorship into law Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism lawlast_img read more

Authorities close nine community radios for having no licence

first_img News May 8, 2020 Find out more GuatemalaAmericas March 21, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities close nine community radios for having no licence Organisation Reporters Without Borders today condemned the closure of nine community radio stations this month in the central department of Chimaltenango and the northwestern department of Huehuetenango on the grounds that they had no licence.The closures were ordered by the special prosecutor’s office for crimes against journalists and unionists, with the support of the Telecommunications Authority (SIT) and the National Broadcast Commission.“The growing crackdown on community radio stations could affect the process of dialogue with indigenous communities,” Reporters Without Borders warned. “Legally, these community radios are in the wrong, as they have no licence. But they are operating in accordance with the peace accords signed by previous governments, which say the indigenous communities should be able to express themselves freely without fear of censorship.”The press freedom organisation added: “These community stations broadcast over a very local area, carrying news that chiefly concerns only those who live in their community. We therefore call on the government to conduct a thorough debate about free expression and the promotion of indigenous community rights, and we call on parliament to quickly pass a proposed bill that could resolve the situation of these community radios.”This month’s crackdown began on 2 March when several public prosecutors accompanied by a score of police officers went to the offices of two organisations that belong to the Guatemalan Council for Community Communication (CGCC), seizing all the files about CGCC-affiliated radio stations, computers and books.The two organisations, the Association of Community Radios of Guatemala (ARCG) and the Association of Community Media of Sololá (AMECOS), accused the prosecutor in charge of acting in an abusive manner. The CGCC for its part voiced astonishment that the raids had been authorised by the special prosecutor’s office for crimes against journalists, which is supposed to defend free expression and press freedom, not repress them.Arrests were made in the ensuing closures. Radio Voz Latina director Ana Piedad Martín was arrested when her Chimaltenango-based station was closed on 9 March. She was freed on bail six days later. When Huehuetenango-based Radio Stereo Nolber Sideral was closed on 15 March, director Oscar Rafael López and contributor Esbin Martínez Palacios were also arrested. They were released later the same day after paying a fine.The Movement for Peace, Disarmament and Liberty (MPDL) said both provided a social service to their communities, especially Radio Voz Latina, which actively encouraged young people to participate in its programmes.Also closed on 9 March were Presencia Stéreo, Radio Cairo and Radio Mayense (all in the department of Chimaltenango) and Radio Acción in the department of Huehuetenango. None of these stations can go back on the air as their broadcast equipment was confiscated.Around 2,500 community radio stations are currently broadcasting without a licence in Guatemala. Only 250 community radios are properly licensed. A bill currently before parliament would grant a special status to community radios and let them broadcast without a licence. GuatemalaAmericas August 21, 2020 Find out more Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Guatemala: 51 Signatories Call For Authorities To Drop Criminal Charges Against Indigenous Journalist Anastasia Mejía Follow the news on Guatemalacenter_img January 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News RSF_en Receive email alerts to go further Guatemala. Don’t put the Guatemalan press in quarantine! Newslast_img read more

RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan

first_img News AzerbaijanArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Armed conflictsImpunity AzerbaijanArmeniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Armed conflictsImpunity June 8, 2021 RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Organisation News Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to shed all possible light on the exact circumstances in which two Azerbaijani journalists were killed by a mine last week in a region near the Nagorno-Karabakh, the disputed region that was the subject of a war with neighbouring Armenia last autumn. Help by sharing this information to go further Newscenter_img Siraj Abyshev, a cameraman with state-owned AzTV, and Maharram Ibragimov, a reporter for the state news agency AzerTag, were on their way to report in the village of Susuzlug when their vehicle ran over an anti-tank mine in Azerbaijan’s Kalbajar region a few kilometers from the Armenian border shortly before midday on 4 June. The explosion also killed an Azerbaijani official and injured four other people.Hundreds of people attended funeral services for the two journalists on 5 June in the capital, Baku, and the city of Sumgait.“The deaths of these two Azerbaijani journalists is tragic news for the entire media profession,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Other journalists wanting to report in this region could suffer the same fate or could be deterred from going. We remind the Azerbaijani authorities that they have a duty to protect journalists when they are working, and we ask them to shed all possible light on this tragic accident and to conduct a fully transparent investigation.”They are the first journalists to be killed in the territories taken over by Azerbaijan near the Nagorno-Karabakh, since the end of last autumn’s war over the disputed region, which is located within Azerbaijan but has a mainly Armenian population. At least seven journalists were injured during the war.Despite the signing of a Russian-brokered ceasefire and the deployment of Russian peacekeepers, tension is still high in the region, with the two countries disagreeing over border demarcation.It is regarded as one of the world’s most heavily-mined regions and Azerbaijan says its attempts to demine the areas it now controls are being hampered by Armenia’s refusal to provide maps showing where it placed mines. The Armenian authorities contacted by RSF have not responded to these accusations and have not commented on the deaths of the two Azerbaijani journalists.Armenia is ranked 63rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index while Azerbaijan is ranked 167th. June 7, 2021 Find out more Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown June 4, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Two Azerbaijani journalists were killed in a mine explosion in Kelbadjar, a few kilometers from the Armenian border, on Friday June 4. (credit: RSF_en last_img read more

Another video reporter gets long jail sentence

first_imgInformation about Hla Hla Win’s conviction: News News Help by sharing this information Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Follow the news on Myanmar Organisation MyanmarAsia – Pacific May 31, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts to go further January 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another video reporter gets long jail sentence RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum RSF_en Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association condemn the 13-year jail sentence passed on journalist Ngwe Soe Lin by a special court inside Rangoon’s Insein prison on 27 January. He is the second video reporter for a Burmese exile radio and TV station based in Oslo to be convicted in the space of a month. “The military junta has again expressed its phobia of uncontrolled video reporting by imposing a heavy prison sentence on a Democratic Voice of Burma video journalist,” the two organisations said. “He should be freed at once, as should Hla Hla Win, the young women reporter who was given a 20-year sentence four weeks ago after providing DVB with video material.”Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association added: “As regards media freedom, we believe that none of the conditions are being met for this year’s elections to be considered free and democratic.” At least 15 journalists and netizens are currently detained in Burma.Ngwe Soe Lin was convicted under the Electronics Act and the Immigration Emergency Provisions Act. He was arrested on 26 June 2009 as he was leaving an Internet café in a Rangoon suburb with one of his friends, who was arrested and interrogated by the police for nearly two months before being released.Ngwe Soe Lin’s sister-in-law, Aye Mee San, said special police officers came to their home three days after his arrest and confiscated a video camera. She added that Ngwe Soe Lin’s lawyer intends to appeal against his conviction.Aye Chan Naing, the head of the Oslo-based DVB, confirmed to Reporters Without Borders that Ngwe Soe Lin worked for the station. Referring to the sentence, he said: “It is a clear sign of the nature of the threats hanging over those who work as journalists, and on the control that is going to be exerted over the media prior to the elections.” May 26, 2021 Find out more MyanmarAsia – Pacific US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture News May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

A journalist on army target list, another shot, possibly by soldier

first_img Receive email alerts RSF_en PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information News June 1, 2021 Find out more May 22, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A journalist on army target list, another shot, possibly by soldier Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News to go furthercenter_img May 3, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders is alarmed to learn that a journalist and two human rights groups were on an armed forces “order of battle” list of surveillance targets in the south of Mindanao Island in 2007 because of their alleged links to the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People’s Army.The press freedom organisation also deplores the fact that a journalist was shot and wounded – possibly by a soldier – in the southern province of Zamboanga Sibugay on 20 May.The existence of the confidential “order of battle” list, compiled by the army’s 10th infantry division and entitled “JCICC ‘Agila’ 3rd QTR 2007 OB Validation Result”, was revealed this week by journalist Carlos Conde, who said he was leaked a copy. Conde is on the list, as are the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and the Media Mindanao News Service.“Death squads organised by politicians sow terror among rights activists and independent media in the southern part of Mindanao island so it is very disturbing that Conde is on this list,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Many political activists on such army lists have been murdered by military or paramilitary units in recent years. We urge the government not to ignore these abuses and to put a stop to the practice of blacklisting independent journalists, rights groups and activists.”A journalist for the past 15 years, Conde is a nowadays a correspondent for the New York Times and International Herald Tribune. He also writes for local newspapers and news websites.“Why my name is included in the ‘order of battle’ is a mystery,” Conde said in statement circulated to the media. “Needless to say, this ‘order of battle’ has caused anxiety and fear in my family because, as we all know, an ‘order of battle’ in the Philippines is a veritable hit list.”Conde said he suspected his NUJP activities were the reason for his inclusion. As NUJP coordinator in the city of Davao and NUJP secretary general from 2004 to 2006, he waged local campaigns in protest against the murders of journalists in the province.The journalist who was shot in Zamboanga Sibugay province was Harrison Manalac of radio dxXE-FM. He was hit between the left shoulder and neck by a shot fired as he left the radio station in the city of Buug at about 7:45 p.m. on 20 May in order to go home. He was rushed to hospital.The gunman was not identified but Zamboanga Sibugay police chief Federico Castro said the shooting occurred shortly after soldiers were seen near the radio station. Manalac had criticised a state school teacher whose son is a solider. Organisation Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa PhilippinesAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Philippines February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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