On International Human Rights Day— MDSEA urges 3 UN Special Rapporteurs: intervene now in the continuing killings of Filipino journalists


10 December 2013—On International Human Rights Day, Media Defence Southeast Asia (MDSEA) urged 3 UN Special Rapporteurs to urgently intervene in the continuing incidents of extrajudicial killings of Filipino journalists. MDSEA reported to the 3 UN Special Rapporteurs that within two weeks of the 4th year commemoration of the Maguindanao massacre, two radio broadcasters were shot and killed in Mindanao.
On 29 November 2013, or just six days after the 4th year commemoration of the Maguindanao massacre, DXGT Radyo Abante commentator Joas Dignos was shot to death by two motorcycle-riding killers in Valencia town, Bukidnon.[1] A mere eight days later on 07 December 2013, DXFM radio host Michael Diaz Milo was shot in the head by motorcycle-riding men in Tandag City.[2]
 
“The mere killing of one journalist is the ultimate violation of the right to freedom of expression under Article 19 of the ICCPR and Article 19 of the UDHR– since it is permanent censorship,” according to Harry Roque Jr., MDSEA President and professor of international law.

“These continuing incidents of extrajudicial killings of journalists in the Philippines are gross violations of the right to life guaranteed under Article 6 of the ICCPR and Article 3 of the UDHR,” added Roque.

“As we celebrate International Human Rights Day, it is high time for the Philippine government to vigorously investigate and prosecute these and other numerous incidents of journalist killings to put an end to this culture of impunity against Filipino journalists,” laments Roque.

In its 4-paged “Update with Urgent Appeal” MDSEA made 5 urgent requests to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth which included urging them to conduct a country visit to the Philippines to investigate these continuing incidents of extrajudicial killings of journalists.

Click here for the  UPDATED LETTER OF ALLEGATION_UN SPECIAL RAPPORTEURS

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