Journalists’ and media professionals’ safety is PBBM’s primary priority.
According to the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. continues to place a high priority on ensuring the safety of all journalists and media professionals.
According to the 2022 Global Impunity Index (GII) of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Philippines maintained its place as the seventh worst country for prosecuting journalists killed, prompting the PTFoMS to publish this statement (CPJ).
The GII determines the proportion of each nation’s population that is represented by unsolved journalist killings.
The task force said in a Facebook post that “the administration of President Marcos condemns in the strongest terms all cases of threats, harassment, or violence committed against the members of the press.” The task force added that it is working hard with all government agencies and stakeholders to address this issue through the PTFoMS.
The PTFoMS claims that given that the research covered a 10-year period between September 1, 2012, and August 31, 2022, the Philippines’ seventh-place finish was “anticipated.”
However, it also made note of the fact that the majority of the incidents that happened over the course of the ten-year period had thorough investigations and court trials.
The PTFoMS reported on the arrest of the suspect in the death of radio announcer Renato Blanco, which was noted in the CPJ’s report.
On September 18 of this year, accused Charles Yanoc Amada killed Blanco by stabbing him. The Regional Trial Court of Negros Oriental is currently hearing his murder case, according to the task force, which also stated it had informed CPJ Senior Southeast Asia Representative Shawn Crispin of the situation.
The PTFoMS assured that the government is prioritizing its investigation into Percival “Percy Lapid” Mabasa in terms of people and resources.
The task team stated that “we must have faith in our law enforcement officials that they will use all reasonable efforts to apprehend all those responsible for this horrible act.”
The PTFoMS stated that it is collaborating with media organizations and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to create standards on how law enforcement will safeguard journalists.
It gave the assurance that the task group has created preparations to collaborate with the judiciary to give these matters priority.
The “Philippine Plan Of Action On The Safety Of Journalists” (PPASJ), which aims to strengthen the enabling environment for the exercise of press freedom and to establish safety mechanisms for journalists and media workers that are locally anchored and sustainable, is another project the task force said it is working on with various media groups and civil society organizations.
The United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity serves as a model for the PPASJ.
The PTFoMS also stated that its Public Information Officers (PIOs) of the PNP, who make up its Media Security Vanguards, are available to receive and address any threats made against any member of the media.
By safeguarding the lives, liberty, and security of media professionals, the PTFoMS promised to continue taking an active role in defending media freedom in the Philippines.
It also urged media professionals, including reporters, broadcasters, and broadcasters, to immediately report any incidents of harassment and threats so that the situation can be thoroughly examined.
The PTFoMS stated that any journalist or media professional may also receive “real-time police security” if necessary.
The Philippines moved up one spot in the 2020 GII, earning the title of “most improved” nation, according to the CPJ.
The Philippines is also left off of the CPJ’s list of the “10 Most Censored Countries” or “World’s Worst Places to Be a Journalist.”
During the President’s Night with the Manila Overseas Press Club last month, Marcos reaffirmed the government’s resolve to defend and protect media rights under his administration as well as to hear all of their concerns.
“Under my direction, we will uphold and defend the media’s rights as they effectively discharge their responsibility. The government will always be ready to lend an ear, listen to your concerns, and provide whatever information you may need, he stated in his speech, regardless of the challenges we may face moving forward.
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