REVIEW: Safeguarding press freedom, ending impunity in the Philippines

Review of the Philippine Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists.

Keywords: journalist safety, justice, media freedom, Philippines, reviews

Abstract

Philippine Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists. Manila: Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication and International Media Support. 2019. 45 pages. ISBN 9789718502204

A DECADE after the world’s worst atrocity inflicted on journalists in a single event, a remarkable publishing event happened in Manila that could set a trend in the global fight against impunity for the killers of journalists. On the eve of the date marking the massacre of 58 people—including 32 journalists, a broad coalition launched a strategic blueprint for the survival of news workers. I was privileged to be present at this stellar event, the only New Zealand journalist or media academic to be invited to the launch of the Philippine Plan of Action in the Safety of Journalists (PPASJ).

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Author Biography

David Robie, Pacific Media Centre - AUT

Editor of Pacific Journalism Review and Professor of Communication Studies and Journalism

School of Communication Studies

Auckland University of Technology

References

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UNESCO News (2019, November 29). The Philippines launches national plan on action on safety of journalists. Manila: UNESCO. Retrieved from https://en.unesco.org/news/philippines-launches-national-plan-action-safety-journalists

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Published
31-07-2020
How to Cite
RobieD. (2020). REVIEW: Safeguarding press freedom, ending impunity in the Philippines: Review of the Philippine Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 26(1), 314-316. https://doi.org/10.24135/pjr.v26i1.1071