CHR to gov’t: Help stop attacks on media

The Commission on Human Rights condemned the online threats made against TV5 journalist Ed Lingao and host Lourd de Veyra, calling on the government to address these violations and take proactive measures to stop media attacks.

Last Tuesday, the CHR received reports of alleged online threats made against Lingao and De Veyra. Based on the initial review, an individual named Seth Corteza claimed that the two would allegedly be the next victims of assassination; referencing to the fatal ambush of the late radio broadcaster Percival “Percy Lapid” Mabasa.

The CHR said, it is actively working for the security of the media through its help desks and public safety mechanisms.

“We shall endeavor to reach out to the involved and explore preventive measures, through our Investigation Office, offer assistance as well as a quick response mechanism that will look into the veracity of threats, among others,” according to the commission’s statement.

The CHR is also looking forward to the government’s efforts to look into this matter and similar cases of media rights violations committed in the country. They are also hoping for genuine justice and an end to impunity.

“Once again, we stress the undeniable and vital role of the media in helping the Filipino citizenry obtain timely and accurate information imperative to the realisation of their rights. Any attempt to silence the press, particularly by creating a culture of fear and violence, directly impacts democracy and the human rights situation in the country,” the commission added.

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