Missing the point: the media focus on bribery allegations in the Ampatuan Massacre trial

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Analysis | Posted on 22-08-2014

The media dropped the ball in reporting the controversial motion of the state prosecutors to rest in the presentation of “evidence-in-chief” (evidence to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt) in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre Trial, which is still hearing the bail petitions of some of the accused. The media instead focused on bribery allegations rather than on […]

FFFJ counsel: Clarifications on issues raised by Atty. Harry Roque

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Analysis, Case Updates | Posted on 08-08-2014

Below are clarifications made by Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists legal counsel Prima Jesusa Quinsayas on issues raised by Attorney Harry Roque, her fellow private prosecutor in the Ampatuan Massacre Trial: I was informed about Atty. Harry Roque’s reaction to the matter regarding the plan of the Department of Justice (DOJ) panel of prosecutors to rest […]

Private prosecutor: resting in ‘evidence-in-chief’ does not reflect ‘first in, first out’ principle

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Analysis | Posted on 04-08-2014

CMFR/Philippines – On Thursday, 31 July 2014, the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists Inc. (FFFJ) held a press briefing for two private prosecutors representing victims’ families in the trial of suspects in the Ampatuan (Maguindanao) massacre. They expressed their disagreement with the manifestation filed by the panel of state prosecutors to rest in presenting “evidence-in-chief” […]

Table: Comparison of the June 14 2011 and October 23 2012 SC guidelines on video coverage of the Ampatuan Massacre trial

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Analysis | Posted on 12-11-2012

Below is a comparison of the June 2011 and October 2012 guidelines on the broadcast/video coverage of the Ampatuan Massacre trial. The Supreme Court released these guidelines in connection to petitions for live broadcast coverage of media organizations.  The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) is a signatory to the petition led by the […]

The Ampatuan Massacre: A thousand days after

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Analysis | Posted on 31-08-2012

By the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists With 32 journalists and media workers for victims, the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan (Maguindanao) Massacre catapulted the Philippines to the top of the list of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists. But with the total at 58 dead, 26 other men and women including lawyers […]

A waiting game in year two of the Ampatuan Massacre trial

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Analysis | Posted on 11-01-2012

By Melanie Y. Pinlac Published in PJR Reports, November-December 2011 Some developments in the trials of the alleged killers of journalists tend to suggest the continuing dominance of the culture of impunity. These have been disturbing enough to be a major concern among press freedom advocates and human rights activists. Philippine-based media organizations have been […]

State witnesses and the Ampatuan Massacre trial

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Analysis, Case Updates | Posted on 06-09-2011

For airing an “exclusive” interview with Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) suspended governor Zaldy Ampatuan last July 11, ABS-CBN 2 and reporter Anthony Taberna are facing possible contempt charges.

CPJ’s “In Pursuit of Justice”

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Analysis | Posted on 07-12-2010

Below is a video on the developments in the Ampatuan Massacre case released by the New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Video Report: Impunity on trial in the Philippines from Committee to Protect Journalists on Vimeo.

AMPATUAN TRIAL UPDATE: Judge faces fifth recusation motion

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Analysis, Case Updates | Posted on 29-06-2010

THE JUDGE who was supposed to try the accused in the Ampatuan multiple murder case has once again been asked by the defense lawyers to recuse herself—for the sixth time. The motion for Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes to inhibit herself from trying the case was the latest in what […]

Elusive justice

Posted by ampatuan | Posted in Analysis, Case Updates | Posted on 30-04-2010

by Maria Khamine Kianah Amil, Kristina Noelle Andaya and Jenny de Venecia Japeth Umpad is five months old, and he will never see his father again. His father, UNTV cameraman McDelbert Arriola, was among the 37 journalists/media practitioners abducted and brutally murdered in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao on Nov. 23, 2009. McDelbert’s wife, Erlyn Umpad, had […]