World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


UNESCO Denounces Journalist Murders In Philippines

UNESCO Chief Denounces Journalists’ Murders In Philippines

In yet another bid to defend the freedom of the press, the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO) has denounced the murder of two hard-hitting journalists in the Philippines this month as undermining the very foundations of democracy.

“In view of the essential role the media play in a democratic society, attacks on journalists must be treated as attacks on society and on rule of law,” Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said yesterday of the killing of Gene Boyd Lumawag, a photographer with the MindaNews news service, and Herson Hinolan, manager and commentator of Bombo Radiyo radio station.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, six other journalists have been killed in the line of duty in the Philippines so far this year and a total of 47 journalists have been murdered in the country since the establishment of democracy there in 1986.

Mr. Lumawag was shot dead 12 November in Jolo, capital of the southern Sulu Province, where he had gone to work on a video documentary about transparency and local government practices. Mr Hinolan, known as a hard-hitting commentator, was shot the next day in Kalibo in the central Panay Island and died of his injuries two days later.

Mr. Matsuura also voiced concern over the lack of safety in which journalists carry out their work in many parts of the world, mentioning two specific fatal incidents this month alone.

Antoine Massé, a correspondent for the daily Le Courrier d'Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire was fatally shot on 7 November while covering a violent demonstration in the western town of Duékoué in which several people died, and Nicaraguan journalist Maria José Bravo of La Prensa daily was shot in a fight between rival political factions as she was covering elections in the northeastern city of Juigalpa.

These killings bear testimony to “the dedication of media professionals worldwide whose courage leads them to disregard danger in seeking to collect information and report first-hand about events in the places they cover,” Mr. Matsuura said. “Their work is of capital importance to all of us and it is essential that they be able to carry out their duty in reasonable conditions of safety.”

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: Is This Guy The World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething?

Saudi Arabia has long been regarded as a pillar of stability in the Middle East, and is the essential caterer to the West’s fossil fuel needs. It is also the country that gave us Osama Bin Laden, al Qaeda, and 15 of the 19 terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks... More>>


Non-Binding Postal Vote: Australia Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

Binoy Kampmark: Out of 150 federal seats, 133 registered affirmative totals in returning their response to the question “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”. More>>


Bonn Climate Change Conference: Protecting Health In Small Island States

The vision is that, by 2030, all Small Island Developing States will have health systems that are resilient to climate change and countries around the world will be reducing their carbon emissions both to protect the most vulnerable from climate risks and deliver large health benefits in carbon-emitting countries. More>>


Camp Shut Down: Refugees Must Be Rescued From Manus

On 31st October 2017, the detention centre on Manus Island in which the Australian Government has been holding more than 700 refugees was closed, leaving those living there in a desperate situation. More>>



Rohingya Muslims Massacred: Restrictions On Aid Put 1000s At Risk

Amnesty: The Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens of thousands of lives at risk in a region where mainly Rohingya people are already suffering horrific abuses from a disproportionate military campaign. More>>


  • Pacific.Scoop
  • Cafe Pacific
  • PMC