journalists continue to be silenced for pursuing the truth. In the Philippines, where freedom of expression is cherished, the powers-that-be resort to intimidation and twist the law to their ends and against some practitioners who have made journalism their vocation.Two years after the gruesome massacre of 57 that included Filipino journalists, we face more of the same. Many
Sadly, for years, the messengers have had to risk their lives for simply delivering the message.
The Ampatuan massacre is a scar on the Filipino psyche—one of many. It tells us that life is cheap. That behind the gleaming high-rises and sprawling malls, we are no more modern for kowtowing, not to established political systems, but to powerful clans used by political organizations to win votes in areas like Maguindanao. (In fact, the massacre in the town of Ampatuan in Maguindanao is a basis of a case that has been filed against former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who is now facing electoral sabotage.)Read More »from Remembering the Ampatuan Massacre and ongoing fight for truth