Jose Jaime “Nonoy” Espina, 59
JOSE JAIME "Nonoy" Espina, a veteran journalist and fierce advocate of press freedom, died in his home in Bacolod City after battling liver cancer on Wednesday night, July 7, with his family around him. He was 59 years old.
Duterte tagged a ‘press freedom predator’ by media watchdog
PRESIDENT RODRIGO Duterte has been tagged by a worldwide watchdog as a "press freedom predator."
OML Center Balangay Media Project
The Oscar M. Lopez Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management (OML Center) is accepting applications from local media practitioners and climate change advocates for their Balangay Media Project which aims to “build their capacities for science-based reporting and utilize traditional, new, and out-of-home media to promote...
A Personal Remembrance: Joaquin Bernas, S.J. and CMFR
FATHER JOAQUIN Bernas of the Society of Jesus was born July 8, 1932 in Baao, Camarines Sur. The many testimonials after his death last March 6 described an astonishing legacy of service to the nation. A scholar and educator, he exerted lasting influence as a public intellectual, with his...
Negros Island’s paper of record closes shop
by Daryl Z. Lasafin A VENERABLE press institution closed down last month. After 38 years, Bacolod City-based The Visayan Daily Star published its last issue on October 17. Like many other community-based newspapers in the country, the paper suffered as the coronavirus pandemic exacted its toll on the news...
Vicente “Vic” Tirol, 75
CMFR MOURNS the passing of veteran journalist, publisher and dear friend Vicente “Vic” Tirol last October 19. He was 75. A UP Journalism graduate, Tirol began his career in journalism in Philippine News Service in 1966, a cooperative organization set up by the major newspapers in Manila. He later...
Vic Tirol: In very fond memory
by Vergel O. Santos VIC TIROL and I belonged in the same generation of journalists. We knew the press when its freedom burned properly fiercely, when it was killed suddenly, and when it burned again. That would come to more than 30 active years, longer than a generation. Those...
ABS-CBN regional network group goes off air
BECAUSE OF the denial of its application to renew its franchise, media giant ABS-CBN has stopped its regional newscasts. Its 12 local TV Patrol programs aired their final newscasts last Friday, August 28, via Facebook and YouTube. The TV network’s cancelation of those programs came mere weeks after the...
Atty. Fulgencio Factoran Jr., 76
THE CENTER for Media Freedom & Responsibiltiy (CMFR) has lost a dear friend and ardent supporter of press freedom. After a period of lingering illness, Atty. Fulgencio “Jun”Factoran passed away Palm Sunday, April 5. A lawyer, Factoran found ample space to serve the country, both in and out of...
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