Statement on Journalists Killings UP JOURNALISM DEPARTMENT
The Journalism Department of the University of the Philippines strongly denounces the statement of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on the killings of journalists in the country. His statement is a condonation of the cold-blooded murders of journalists and media practitioners. Worse, it signals impunity instead of justice for these criminal acts.
Contrary to his misinformed and malicious statements, majority of the slain journalists were killed in their attempt to expose corruption and crime in their communities. Thus, Duterte’s statement is unwarranted, unjust, and irresponsible, coming from the soon- to-be Head of State.
We cannot simply accept that Duterte was again “misinterpreted” in his statement on journalist killings. His words were plain enough for all audiences to understand.
We call on Duterte to retract his statement that many journalists are killed because they are corrupt or unethical (“Kaya namamatay, karamihan niyan nabayaran sila. They take sides or sobrahan nila ang atake, getting personal.”). We call on him as the next President to set an example in honoring and upholding press freedom.
APPROVED BY THE FACULTY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JOURNALISM OF THE UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES COLLEGE OF MASS COMMUNICATION, PLARIDEL HALL, U.P. DILIMAN, QUEZON CITY PHILIPPINES
2 June 2016 For Reference: Department Chair EVELYN O. KATIGBAK