Thursday, May 18, 2006

Solved, or not solved?

From PCIJ: Despite government claims, murders go unsolved -- CPJ

Portion of the report runs as follows:

THE New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists today sent a strongly worded letter to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, expressing concern about the government’s “misleading statements” on the killings of journalists in the Philippines.

In its letter, the CPJ said it is “deeply troubled by recent statements made by presidential spokesman Ignacio Bunye and the Philippine National Police (PNP) that many of the cases of journalists killed in the country have been solved and that the cases are unrelated to the issue of press freedom.”

On May 5, Bunye, in response to inquiries by US Sen. Richard Lugar about the killings of journalists in the country, said that “15 of the 30 cases (2000-2005) cited by the senator have been solved and cases have been filed in the courts.”

According to CPJ research, there has been only one conviction among the cases of 23 journalists killed in the line of duty since 2000.

“Such misleading statements mask the alarming reality,” the CPJ said, “While the government has made efforts to solve the killings of journalists, none of the powerful figures behind some of these murders have been convicted.”

Well, I think Bunye deserves to given dictionaries. Para naman may reference siya sa mga tamang words na gagamitin niya. Is he losing his sharpness as a lawyer or is he blinded by the skirt of Gloria in the Palace?

And he also seems to forget that the issue is PREVENTION not SOLUTION. So, ok lang pala na pagpapatayin ang mga media practitioners and then file lang ng case and report to the people na solved na? Ganun lang ba?

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