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

 


IFJ calls for Resolution to be withdrawn in the Philippines

January 29, 2013

IFJ calls for Resolution to be withdrawn in the Philippines

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in calling on The Philippines Commission on Elections (Comelec) to immediately revoke Resolution No. 9615, which requires that “prior approval” be given before election candidates can be interviewed by broadcasters.

In a statement, The NUJP has called the Resolution, issued on January 15, unconstitutional since it constitutes ‘prior restraint’.

The Resolution would preclude impromptu interviews, making it both an impediment to press freedom and the public’s right to know.

In addition, the NUJP has said that the Resolution could have dire consequences in emergency situations, such as natural disasters, when officials, who may also happen to be candidates, need to get information out as quickly as possible to the public.

“We are greatly concerned by the continued implementation of legal reforms that undermine press freedom in the Philippines,” said the IFJ Asia Pacific. “We call on the Filipino government to withdraw this resolution which undermines press freedom and directly contradicts their stated commitment to press freedom and pass the longstanding Freedom of Information Bill.”

The IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries

Find the IFJ on Twitter: @ifjasiapacific

Find the IFJ on Facebook: www.facebook.com/IFJAsiaPacific

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 


Palestinian Activists Cross Apartheid Wall

Friday morning around 50 Palestinian and international activists used makeshift bridges to cross the Apartheid wall between Qalandiya and Northern Jerusalem. This non-violent direct action was in response to the restrictions Israel had placed on Palestinian ... More>>

Police And Crime: FBI Warns Ferguson Decision ‘Will Likely’ Lead To Violence

As the nation waits to hear whether a Missouri police officer will face charges for killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson , Mo., the FBI is warning law enforcement agencies across the country that the decision “will likely” lead ... More>>

UK Local Council Boycotts Israeli Squatter Products

A British local council has voted to boycott products made in Jewish squatter colonies in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian West Bank, one of the first such moves by an elected body in the UK. More>>

Massive Illegal Forest Clearance Threatens Uncontacted Tribe

Brazilian rancher Marcelo Bastos Ferraz has rejected the Ayoreo's plea to stop destroying the forest inhabited by their uncontacted relatives . © OPIT More>>



DR Congo: UN Warns Of Humanitarian ‘Catastrophe’

DR Congo: UN Warns of Humanitarian ‘Catastrophe’ as Hundreds of Thousands Flee Violence in Katanga More>>

ALSO:

Greenpeace Ship Arctic Sunrise Detained In Spain

Lanzarote, Spain, 18 November 2014 - The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise has today been detained by Spanish authorities in the port of Arrecife, Lanzarote, following last Saturday's peaceful protest by Greenpeace against oil drilling by Repsol, in ... More>>

Burkina Faso: Ban Welcomes Appointment Of Interim President

17 November 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of Burkina Faso on the signing of the Charter of the Transition and on the appointment of former foreign minister Michel Kafando as Transitional President. More>>

ALSO:

UN Strongly Condemns Attack On Jerusalem Synagogue

18 November 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned today’s attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem that claimed four lives and injured several persons, calling for political leadership and courage on both sides to address ... More>>


Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news