2014 Fellowship: Understanding Impunity in the Philippines

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Stakes with the names of the 58 victims mark the initial mass grave of the Ampatuan massacre victims. [Photo: Nan Lwin]
Even though the Philippines can claim to have one of the freest press environments in Southeast Asia, it also the most deadly. In fact, the country is the third deadliest country in the world for journalists. With almost 150 journalists killed since 1986, the problem is aggravate by the fact that only 10% of these cases have met convictions of perpetrators but no mastermind. The 2009 Ampatuan massacre that saw 58 persons – including 32 from the media – killed has become a stark symbol of the culture of impunity that underpins journalist killings in the country.

The 2014 SEAPA Fellowship theme was chosen to help shed light on the phenomenon of impunity for journalist killings, as seen by outsiders. The actitivities coincided with the fifth anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre on 23 November and the first commemoration of the International Day to End Impunity for violence against journalists, as declared by the United Nations in 2013.

The 2014 Fellows:

Alyaa Abdul Aziz Alhadjri, is a reporter from The Ant Daily online news portal, based in Kuala Lumpur. In 2012, she received “the National Press Club Young Journalist of the Year Award.”

Articles: A Union Against Impunity; In defence of journalists

Arpan Rachman is a reporter for Okezone.com online news portal based in Makassa, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Articles: Private Armed Militias Worsen Impunity‘My Style is Different’

Donny Sandjaya Suparman is a TV reporter for TRANS7 based in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has work with TRANS7 for 6 years.

Articles: When Local Power Turns DeadlyIn gun we trust

Eaint Khaing Oo, is an editor of Moemakha Online and Monthly Magazine based in Yangon. She is a trainer on basic journalism trainings for the journalists both in Yangon and ethnic areas.

Article: Journalist killings heighten security awareness

Kyaw Ye Lin, is a Yangon-based desk editor of Popular Myanmar News. He covers wide range of socio-political feature news from health and economic to local and regional election news.

Articles: A gun for self-protection, anyone?Witness Protection Key to Fighting ImpunityA cry for justice from the grave

Nan Lwin Yadanar Aung, is Yangon-based political desk editor of Kumudra Weekly News Journal. She received the National Press Award in 2012 from the Yangon Journalism School. In 2015, she was selected to join the World Press Freedom Day event organized by UNESCO in Latvia.

Article: Media Support Groups Face Huge Odds Battling Impunity‘My Son Will Also Be a Journalist’


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