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By VICENTE V. MENDOZA MANILA, Philippines—I want to thank the Philippine Press Institute for inviting me to speak in this program honoring community newspapers for excellence in various aspects of civic journalism. Newspapers and other news media are entitled to our gratitude for keeping us informed of the world around us. I often think of [...]

Posted on June 27, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Commentary, Justice & Human Rights, Media

MANILA, Philippines—The family of the late VERA Files trustee and journalism professor Lourdes “Chit” Estella-Simbulan and VERA Files launched Tuesday the Chit Estella Awards for Journalism. The launching was timed with the commemoration of the 40th day of her death and her interment at the San Agustin Church columbarium in Intramuros, Manila. Simbulan, a journalist [...]

Posted on June 23, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Media

MANILA, Philippines—The author of a hard-hitting book on the Supreme Court said that the libel charges filed against her by a Supreme Court justice sends the message that journalists could not perform their duty of demanding accountability from public officials without fear of being penalized. “Truly, media is effectively considered to be the fourth branch [...]

Posted on June 9, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Justice System, Media, The Judiciary

Child psychologist counters child abuse allegations vs her MANILA, Philippines – Willie Revillame has been back on television following the launch of his new show “Will Time Bigtime” on TV5 on May 14. The legal problems that arose from his previous show “Willing-Willie,” however, are far from over. Child psychologist Ma. Lourdes Carandang and blogger [...]

Posted on June 7, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Current Events, Justice & Human Rights, Media, Sections

The Board of Trustees of the Ateneo de Manila University unanimously voted to confer on Newsbreak board chairperson Marites Danguilan-Vitug the Ozanam Award for the year 2011.

Posted on May 16, 2011   |   CATEGORY: About Town, Media, Newsbreak in the News

Velasco says Vitug’s allegations in her book are unfounded

Posted on May 16, 2011   |   CATEGORY: About Town, Media, Newsbreak in the News

From Chit, Vina and Cris, I learned two more important lessons. One, that there are other ways to do one’s job as a journalist if you can’t do it in your own newspaper. Second, a real journalist shares her story because a true journalist wants to provide the people with all possible information that will help them make an intelligent choice.

Posted on May 16, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Media, People, Profiles, Voices

How the Philippines became dangerous for journalists

Posted on May 4, 2011   |   CATEGORY: In-Depth, Justice & Human Rights, Media, Sectors

Office of Ombudsman wanted to know who provided media the letter of 2 lawyers to Pnoy over the controversial Garcia plea bargain deal

Posted on April 27, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Institutions, Justice & Human Rights, Justice System, Media, Politics, The Judiciary

In my less serene moments on Good Friday, I was tempted to make a fuss about this—because I didn’t see the point of being hauled to court over an uploaded letter that practically every major news media organization had—but I gave the Special Prosecutor the benefit of the doubt.

Posted on April 27, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Glenda M. Gloria, Justice & Human Rights, Media

The Manila Times’ lesson is what presidents, leaders, and managers must all learn from: You can’t kill an independent newsroom. It will always find its way in other forms and other times.

Posted on April 10, 2011   |   CATEGORY: Glenda M. Gloria, Media
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