Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Press freedom, democracy under threat, says chief justice

Hindi na balita ito, sa tingin ng marami, matagal ng sinasalaula, binababoy, tini-threathed ang demokrasya sa Pilipinas. Sa election na lamang (2001, 2004, 2007 at malamang sa 2010) halimbawa, lahat tayo'y pinaglalaruan, ginawang tanga! - Doy
Wednesday, February 27, 2008 08:41 PM

MANILA (AP) - Attacks on journalists in the country are undermining press freedom and putting the country's democracy "under siege," the country's Supreme Court chief justice warned today.

Reporters also face harassment through abuse of defamation and libel laws, Chief Justice Reynato Puno said. "It is a dangerous time for those who report the truth," Puno said in a speech at an international conference in Manila on press freedom.

"Democracy is all about the voice of the people," Puno said. "Democracy in this country is under siege because bullets fired at the direction of journalists pierce not only human flesh, but also our republican ideals."
The highest measure of democracy is neither the 'extent of freedom' nor the 'extent of equality', but rather the highest measure of participation.
A. d. Benoist

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