It is with deep sadness that we at the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) express our condolences to the family of journalist and press freedom advocate Jose “Joe” Pavia.
Mr. Pavia, who passed away on April 18 at the age of 72 due to complications from lung cancer, was one of the leading campaigners for ending impunity in the Philippines and in the region as well.
We have worked with him and the organization he chaired, the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ), which supports the families of slain Filipino journalists and assists in the prosecution of cases involving attacks against media workers.
He was behind the formation of the FFFJ’s Quick Response Team which is tasked with conducting fact-finding missions and monitoring cases that can be filed in court.
Mr. Pavia was also the executive director of the Philippine Press Institute (PPI), a national organization of newspapers, and publisher and editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper, “Mabuhay”.
With his demise, Philippine media lost one of its leading lights, but SEAPA is confident that Mr. Pavia’s legacy will continue to sustain our efforts for a better media environment and more free-flow of information not only in the Philippines but in Southeast Asia as well.
SEAPA (http://www.seapabkk.org/) is the only regional organization with the specific mandate of promoting and protecting press freedom in Southeast Asia. It is composed of the Jakarta-based Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) and the Institute for Studies on the Free Flow of Information (ISAI); the Manila-based Center for Media Freedom andResponsibility (CMFR) and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ); the Bangkok-based Thai Journalists Association (TJA); and the network’s Kuala Lumpur-based associate member, the Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ).
SEAPA also has partners in Cambodia, East Timor, and exiled Burmese media, and undertakes projects and programs for press freedom throughout the region.
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