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Amoro murder case promulgation in Cebu City

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This is a compilation of speeches, papers and presentations of the CCJD and INSI-Asia in the Philippines and in the Asia-Pacific region on topics ranging from media-citizen engagement for good governance to working in hostile environments that may somehow prove useful for readers.

25 March 2010  |CCJD | by: Red Batario

Davao City- While the Philippines, among South East Asian countries, enjoys wider latitude when it comes to basic rights like freedom of speech, expression and information, the poor still are chained to the shackles of ignorance.  Aside from organized citizens groups and people’s organizations, a large majority of poor Filipinos are unable to claim their rights simply because they don’t know how and what these are.

December 2008 |CCJD | by: Red Batario

It’s called “community journalism” in Nepal and Thailand, “public journalism” in the Philippines and Indonesia, “development journalism” in India and Bangladesh. But the goal is the same: to give ordinary people a chance to speak on issues affecting their lives.

17 July 2008 |CCJD | by: Red Batario

Spread across 7,000 islands with a population of more than 80 million, the Philippines faces enormous geographic and social infrastructure obstacles in substantially improving people’s lives.  Poverty, especially in the rural areas, is very much pronounced despite government attempts to improve access to basic services.  In many instances these attempts have been exceedingly slow in getting to the more remote regions to address the needs of vulnerable groups like indigenous peoples whose struggle for accessing land rights remains a challenge.

18 July 2007 |CCJD |by: Red Batario

Petaling Jaya,Malaysia-  Let me begin with a quote from the People on War Report of the ICRC worldwide consultation on the rules of war.  The consultation was held in 1999 but its findings still hold true today, an age marked by increasing conflict and violence that threatens lives, ways of life, and our very own humanity.

24 February 2007 |CCJD |by: Red Batario

Diliman, Quezon City- Journalists today face a broad range of conflict situations that are extremely complex and confusing. From conventional wars with defined battle lines to acts of terrorism that blur boundaries, from banditry to extremism or even pocket wars between feuding clans, journalists have to put themselves in ever increasing danger to get the story out.

28 May 2006 |CCJD |by: Red Batario

Failure of keyMiddle Eastplayers to broker a peace plan in the Israel-Lebanon conflict is exacting a terrible toll on civilian lives and properties.  The continuing exchange of artillery and rocket fire between Israeli troops on the one hand and Hezbollah and Palestinian gunmen on the other has heightened fears of escalating violence in the region.  From this maelstrom journalists seek to bring the news to a global audience, underscoring the daily dangers that news media members face in hostile environments.  

03 December 2004 |CCJD |by: Red Batario

Pasig City- - - I am not going to bore you with the details.  We all know what’s wrong with governance in our country and what ails our media.

I will not talk to you about the flaws of the political system, nor the embarrassing exercise called the elections.  Nor will I discuss the superficiality of the media and their failure to fulfill their obligation to foster effective public life.

12 December 2003 |CCJD |by: Red Batario

 Cagayan de Oro City- - - Journalists are all too familiar with conflict and terrorism.  Conflict drives many of the stories that we read, see and hear.  It is a frame so beloved of the reporter who is looking for drama…the unusual…the headline-grabber.  Acts of terrorism are almost always developing stories that have elements of tragedy and horror, easy news pegs that can be easily cobbled together as the day’s top story.

11 October 2002 |CCJD |by: Red Batario

Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur - - -  Sometime ago I came across a thought-provoking article on the workings and attitude of the present day news media.  Something struck me in that article, a passage attributed to Ervin S. Duggan, president of the US Public Broadcasting Service.