Press Freedom, Governance, and Culture of Impunity: The Alarming Case of the Philippines
Arao, D. A. (2016, May 31). Press freedom, governance, and impunity: The alarming case of the Philippines. In The 4th International Conference on Magsaysay Awardees: Good Governance and Transformative Leadership in Asia (pp. 225-234).
10 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2020
Date Written: 2016
Ending the culture of impunity requires strengthening the culture of resistance. Impunity results in the dearth or absence of press freedom which, in turn, has deleterious effects on the practice of journalism as the people are deprived of relevant information that could help shape public opinion. Effective governance can only be achieved if there is an atmosphere conducive to press freedom and other basic freedoms. The local and global campaigns to end impunity should continue so that the culture of resistance would be strengthened and the specter of the culture of impunity would be finally gone. The Philippines proves to be an interesting case study as it is one of the freest press in Asia but has one of the most number of journalists killed worldwide. The most notable example of media killings is the massacre in Ampatuan, Maguindanao (located in the southern part of the Philippines) where 32 journalists and media workers were among the 58 people killed. The situation in the Philippines is alarming given the prevailing culture of impunity.
Keywords: Journalism, Human Rights, Resistance, Media, Framework, Philippines
JEL Classification: Z10
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