IFJ Concerned by Slow Reaction to Media and Human Rights Violations in the Philippines

The International Federation of Journalists joins

its affiliate the National Union of Philippines (NUJP) in expressing disappointment

in the delayed and minor punishment given to the perpetrator of an assault on a

radio journalist in the Philippines in June 2011.


The IFJ reported on the incident, in which Kalinga Governor Jocel Baac forced himself into the

announcer’s booth of radio station dzRK in Tabuk, Kalinga on June 7 last year,

and hit radio commentator Jerome Tabanganay,

of the government-owned station,

several times using a microphone. Before leaving the booth Baac also threatened

Tabanganay, saying “talk again and I will kill you”.


The entire incident

was caught on video, web-streamed via the internet and heard live by listeners

of Radyo ng Bayan-Kalinga, the only radio station operating in the area.


It took over

thirteen months for the Philippines authorities to decide on a punishment for

Governor Baac, which was one month’s administrative suspension but no criminal




joins the NUJP in expressing disappointment, not only in the time taken for a

resolution of the case but also that the outcome was merely an administrative

suspension without any criminal charges, despite the serious nature of the



“This incident was an example of

the unacceptable use of violence and intimidation against media workers, that

is seen all too often in the Philippines,” said the IFJ Asia-Pacific.


“The IFJ calls on the Philippine authorities to ensure that

breaches of press freedom are dealt with in a timely manner and that

punishments reflect the serious nature of such crimes”.



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