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JOURNALISTS ‘MUST BE ABLE TO WORK WITHOUT FEAR’

CHR starts own probe of Percy Lapid killing

/ 02:02 AM October 05, 2022

CHR logo over photo of CHR facade. STORY: CHR starts on probe of Percy Lapid killing

MANILA, Philippines — Journalists should be able to deliver crucial information to the public without fearing for the lives, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said on Tuesday.

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The CHR issued the statement as it started its own probe into the killing of Percival Mabasa, more popularly known as Percy Lapid, a DWBL radio commentator who hosted his own show, “Lapid Fire.”

Mabasa was shot dead Monday night right outside a gate of the BF Resort Village in Las Piñas, where he lived, on his way to do an online broadcast of his who.

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“CHR stands with the media community in denouncing this violent crime and violation of the right to life. Journalists are essential in upholding democracy and demanding accountability in any society,” the CHR statement said.

“We have also  repeatedly underscored the crucial need to ensure a safe and unimpaired media environment in order to amplify the voices of the most marginalized sectors and to foster balance in communicating the nation’s state of affairs.

“Journalists, who [are] primarily responsible for informing the Filipino citizenry of critical information, must be able to work without fear. Any threat or attack to press freedom is a direct threat to people’s right to truth and information. Similarly, allowing multiple diverging views to flourish is an important facet of a working democracy and, thus, needs to be protected.”

The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines and former Vice President Leni Robredo, among others, denounced the attack.

The NUJP stressing that journalism remained a dangerous profession in the Philippines.

CHR urged the government to quickly resolve the case.

“One episode of media killing is already far too many. As such, we urge government, particularly our law enforcement officers, to bring the perpetrators to account. We also call on the public to advocate for the importance of journalism in maintaining peace, cultivating unity, and advocating justice for all.

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“CHR extends its condolences to the victim’s families and loved ones. #StopTheKillings,” the CHR added.

Earlier, the Philippine National Police (PNP) made an assurance that justice would be provided for the bereaved family of the slain radioman.

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