Journalists vow to continue telling the truth amid gov’t harassment

Features Philippines Dec 21, 2018 at 4:55 pm
From left: Ezra Acayan, Jonathan Cellona, Basilio Sepe, Howie Severino (representing Atom Araullo), Maria Ressa, Fernando Sepe Jr., Inday Espina-Varona and Manuel Mogato receive the trophies and caricature from LODI. (Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea / Bulatlat)

From left: Ezra Acayan, Jonathan Cellona, Basilio Sepe, Howie Severino (representing Atom Araullo), Maria Ressa, Fernando Sepe Jr., Inday Espina-Varona and Manuel Mogato receive the trophies and caricature from LODI. (Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea / Bulatlat)

MANILA — Journalists have vowed to continue their work amid Duterte administration’s relentless attacks on press freedom during an event organized by media and arts alliance LODI (Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity), Dec. 6.

Dubbed Sikato! Sigaw para sa Katotohanan, Pagkilala sa Malayang Pamamahayag, the tribute held at Rappler’s office honored eleven Filipino journalists who were recognized by international groups for their reportage in the face of Duterte’s rising tyranny.

In a statement, Director Joel Lamangan of the LODI steering committee said, “We honor this crop of courageous and outstanding journalists to tell aspiring journalists and the public that great journalism is not a lost cause under the current dispensation. Far from it, we think the situation actually summons the best and most courageous in journalism so that media could exercise their rights and perform their duty to inform and consequently empower the Filipino people.”

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