On 23 November 2009, exactly 13 years ago, Andal Ampatuan, with his armed paramilitary security, with the complicity of some policemen, massacred 58 people, including 34 journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based NGO that promotes Press Freedom for the world, described the killings as "the single deadliest event for journalists in… Continue reading Ampatuan / Maguindanao Massacre: 13 years hence
With the Philippines being called the “Social Media Nation of the World” or the "Social Media Capital of the World", it is but logical to suppose that social media affect the country’s elections, esp. the presidential elections every six years. In a Dec 2019 SWS survey, almost a fourth (24%) of the Filipinos get their… Continue reading Social Media, the Philippine Elections & the Mindanao Vote
This is a mini lecture delivered on March 4, 2022 on the webinar titled Digital Journalism and the Mindanao Vote. Organized by Philippine Press Institute (PPI) and Journalism Studies Association of the Philippines, Inc. (JSAP, Inc.) supported by Hanns Seidel Foundation in cooperation with Internews in collaboration with USAID. I prepared for a one-hour lecture,… Continue reading Philippine Elections and the Mindanao Vote in the Age of Social Media
Not everybody can READ a film. That takes tons of reading materials, thousands of hours watching films of all kinds, understanding Film theories, Communication theories, Cultural Studies theories, and Media Literacy theories. Knowledge of world history, world mythologies, symbolisms, semiotics, and philosophy will come in handy, too. And of course, the skills to "read" media… Continue reading Films, Media Representation and Reality: Inclusion or Misrepresentation?
JSAP Statement on Marcos's Martial Law We live in an era of Fake News, Alternative Facts and Historical Revisionism. As we remember September 21, 1972, the official date of the declaration of Martial Law, let us remind ourselves of the facts surrounding this dark period in our history. As educators and media practitioners, we ask… Continue reading Taking a Truthful and Factual Look at Marcos and the Martial Law Legacy
OCTA Research, "a polling, research and consulting firm", as described in its website, is under attack from some quarters for telling people that there is another surge in Covid cases and what is needed is another lockdown. I am glad that there is criticism, but the attack is against OCTA and not against the government.… Continue reading The OCTA Case: Should lockdowns be the only weapon against rising Covid19 cases?