April 23, 2024

Press Freedom


Philippines June 2, 2006

H.E. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
Office of the President
Malacanang Palace
Republic of the Philippines
Fax: (011.63.2) 735-6152

Your Excellency:

The Freedom of the Press Committee of the Overseas Press Club of America applauds your demand that the killing of media professionals in your country must stop, as expressed at the May 23 cabinet meeting. We take this as a positive step toward repairing the reputation of the Philippines as the most dangerous country for a journalist to work outside of a war zone.

As we have previously written, we hope that you will assert your leadership more vigorously than you have done in your past efforts to end the plague of killing, corruption and abuse of power. Nearly 70 unpunished murders of journalists since your country’s return to democracy in 1986 have created the inescapable impression that the Philippine solution to these problems is simply to “kill the messenger,” an expedient both barbarous and anomalous in a lawful democracy.

We note that on the heels of your May 23 pronouncement, Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said there should be no “climate of impunity” on this issue. We can only hope that he is right, and that we will see a radical increase in the number convicted for these unspeakable crimes.

We would appreciate a reply.

Respectfully yours,
Yvonne Dunleavy
Larry Martz
Freedom of the Press Committee


  Ignacio R Bunye

  Office of the Press Secretary

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  Ambassador of the Philippines to the U.S.A.

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  Permanent Representative

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  Philippines to the United Nations

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  New York , NY   10036

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  U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines

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