Philippine journalists, sued by president’s husband, post bail after being issued arrest warrants

January 30, 2007

alerts-button.jpgJournalists Ramon, Erwin, and Raffy Tulfo posted a P10, 000 (approx. US$200) bail bond each at the Quezon City Regional Trial court branch 83 after a judge issued warrants for their arrest last 26 January 2007, according to a release from the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, a SEAPA founding member. Read the rest of this entry »


In Thailand, newspaper office hit by two small bombs

January 30, 2007

alerts-button.jpgTwo small explosions occurred outside a newspaper office in a northern suburb of Bangkok in the early hours of 30 January 2007, causing minor damage to building and the hotel next door, but no casualties. Read the rest of this entry »

Democracy activist in Burma sues 123 editors, publishers for defamation

January 29, 2007

alerts-button.jpgA democracy activist in Rangoon has filed a defamation suit against 123 editors, editors-in-chief and publishers from 30 weekly newspapers in military-ruled Burma for publishing a report that cast aspersions on her, reports Mizzima News on 29 January 2007.

Naw Ohn Hla, 45, a former political prisoner and supporter of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said the report, written by a journalist called Yan Yan, linked to her a widely known, but now deceased, pimp who lived in her area.

“It greatly affected women’s dignity,” Naw told Mizzima News, an online daily and SEAPA partner based in New Delhi. Read the rest of this entry »

Philippine provincial governor threatens journalists with libel suit ahead of elections

January 29, 2007

alerts-button.jpgGovernor Josie Mendoza dela Cruz of Bulacan, a province north of Manila, warned journalists on 22 January 2007 that she will file libel charges against them if they report “unsubstantiated news to malign her reputation”, according to a 27 January 2007 release from the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), a SEAPA founding member.

“Anticipating various tactics of political mudslinging pending the coming May elections, dela Cruz declared that she would file charges against members of the press who write or report unsubstantiated news to malign her reputation,” a report from the provincial public affairs office of Bulacan said.

Dela Cruz made the announcement before provincial government employees in the provincial capital’s gym. Read the rest of this entry »

Police manhandle and arrest blogger covering protest in Malaysia, briefly detain journalist

January 26, 2007

alerts-button.jpgThe Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) is concerned that police in Malaysia roughed up and arrested a blogger at a peaceful assembly, and briefly detained an online journalist covering the event on 21 January 2007.

Blogger Tan Han Kuo had attempted to document the peaceful assembly held to protest a recent increase in highway toll charges, said a 26 January release from the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), a SEAPA partner in Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

Six-year murder case of Philippine journalist reopened

January 26, 2007

alerts-button.jpgA resolution by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on 16 January 2007 ordered the reopening of the murder case against the suspected killers of radio broadcaster Rolando Ureta, who was killed on 3 January 2001 in Aklan, a province south of Manila, according to a release by SEAPA founding member, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR).

The defendants’ alibis were insufficient, said the DOJ in reversing the 6 December 2004 dismissal of the murder case against them. It directed the Aklan provincial prosecutor to file the appropriate charges against Amador Paz and Jessie Ticar.

“I’m very happy. For six years I have been praying for something to happen with the case. This is an answered prayer,” Emely Ureta, widow of the slain journalist, said. Read the rest of this entry »

Two news programmes critical of Arroyo cancelled; investigative news magazine to stop print

January 22, 2007

alerts-button-1.jpgTwo television news programmes that were critical of the administration of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo have been taken off the air by its home station network ABC 5.

According to a release by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), a SEAPA founding member in the Philippines, “Dokyu” and “Frontlines” were allegedly cancelled by network owner Antonio Cojuangco. Read the rest of this entry »