Another Death, Another Journalist!

Posted: February 22, 2007 in All and Sundry, Rants

got this from someone’s blog. you can also click on philipine daily inquirer website for more details.

Editor shot to death in the Philippines

 The “Philippine Daily Inquirer” reports of yet another media death – the 50th since President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo came to power in 2001.

Hernani Pastolero, 64, editor of the “Lightning Courier” weekly in Cotabato City, Mindanao, was shot dead today by a lone gunman outside his home in the town of Sultan Kudarat, Shariff Kabunsuan.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines says this is the worst media death toll under any administration, including the 14-year Marcos dictatorship.

International media organizations rank the Philippines the second most dangerous place for journalists next to war-torn Iraq.

The culture of impunity in the country continues even as the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Philip Alston, is there in response to the government’s request to investigate the unabated murders of activists and journalists. read inq7

i am greatly alarmed at how all these events would contribute to the international community’s perception of us in the coming years. the journalist who got killed was from sultan kudarat in mindanao, a region often perceived as wartorn.

while some parts of these areas are oftentimes in conflict, some of us believe that imaging mindanao should be balanced. alas, with all these news of journalist killings from our end, how can we in a way strike a balance between informing the world of the stark reality that journalists are being killed here and showing the world the we are also not all bad news?

i believe this issue is alarming in the sense that it should be raised to a higher level of awareness. there are no efforts on our government’s end to even help solve these cases, most of which are clearly human rights violations. and if there were efforts, they were made in the light of current events that encourage politicos to show faces of sympathy for posterity’s sake. otherwise, journalists here are in a way, at a loss. some believe that journalist should arm themselves, own a gun or something. others on the other hand, believe they should go to safety measures seminars and all those workshops on how to protect or defend themselves. while others still, decide to refuse to pursue a story that will get them into a lot of trouble.

such dilemmas you have to face while in the pursuit of “truth” and “facts” just to deliver THE STORY.

  1. sam says:

    holy balooney… take care. Please send my best regards to our Mindanao friends.

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