The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has granted Rappler‘s Maria Ressa the 2018 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award on November 20.
But not everyone agrees that Ressa deserved that award. Get Real Philippines‘ owner, Ilda Ignacio, said that the Rappler journalist should have followed the law as soon as she registered the website.
“She violated the law on foreign media ownership and did not pay right taxes.”
She was talking about the Department of Justice indicating Rappler Holdings Corporation of tax evasion as when the site issued their Philippine Depository Receipts (PDRs), as “it gained close to P162.5 million from the transaction, which it failed to declare in its tax return.”
Ressa then slammed Ignacio, saying that the information she tweeted is false and proceeded to call her a “minor minor blogger”
Hahahaha – wrong on every point, but once a propagandist, always a propagandist. Keep going with that minor minor blogger …
— Maria Ressa (@mariaressa) November 27, 2018
Ignacio replied, calling Ressa an “elitist” and a “credentialist”. She added that the Rappler CEO thought that she’s a propagandist just because she has a different claim regarding the issue.
“I’m a minor minor blogger just because…I have no idea why she thinks I’m a minor minor blogger.” she said.
Unfortunately, Maria Ressa exposed herself as an elitist and a credentialist in a single tweet. She thinks I’m a propagandist just because she doesn’t agree with my views and claims I’m a minor minor blogger just because…I have no idea why she thinks I’m a minor minor blogger. https://t.co/liTjRO1UWb
— ilda (@ilda_talk) November 27, 2018
Netizens have also expressed their disappointment regarding Ressa’s tweet, mentioning her advocacy regarding citizen journalism.
So you are now condescending on minor bloggers? What happened to all your talk about citizen journalism? You think an ordinary person cannot take on the work that you do just because you are a big-time journalist? Well you just shot yourself in the foot!
— Don Rapadas (@donrapadas) November 27, 2018
Maka minor blogger si ate gurl! You promote citizen journalism right? Or does that only suits to people who are anti-gov? And look at the attention you are giving to Jover or even the Madam Claudio page, hindi ba sila ang minor? Yabang neto
— dakilangduca™ (@AlexanderDuca) November 28, 2018
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Manila, Philippines – According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the Philippines, for the fifth consecutive year, ranked third in the list of nations which have the most number of unresolved media killings.
On the annual Impunity Index released on Wednesday by the CPJ, it stated that the Philippines still had 51 cases of journalists killed without a single criminal convicted from 2004 up to 2013.
According to the CPJ’s 2014 Impunity Index, the Philippines, with an estimated population of 96.7 million, has a rating of 0.527. Last year, the Philippines had a 0.580 rating.
The recent rating prompted the CPJ to consider it as a “welcome development” from last year’s conviction of the hit man who killed the broadcast investigate journalist Gerardo Ortega in 2011. On the other hand, the report said that the conviction “did little to change the rampant impunity in the Philippines.”
This disapproves the claim made by the office of the President Benigno Aquino III that ‘there is no more impunity’ in the Philippines,” alongside with the high count of unresolved media killings in the country over the past decade.
The country’s worst case of media killing in 2009, as the CPJ noted, 58 people, 32 of which were journalists and media workers, were massacred in Ampatuan, Maguindanao. Another was last year’s killing of freelance photographer Mario Sy when he is shot in front of his family after his publication of a series of photos on drug trafficking.
Iraq and Somalia
Iraq and Somalia, on the other hand, placed 1st and 2nd on the list respectively. The CPJ reported that Iraq had a total of 100 unsolved media killings in the past ten year, giving it an impunity rating of 3.067 and making it haplessly into the list seventh time.
Somalia, being second on the list, was rated 2.549 by the CPJ. Though it has only 26 unresolved cases of media killings, the country’s estimated population of 10.2 million made the imminent prospect.
The CPJ’s list comprised an aggregate of 13 nations where no less than five journalist murders have gone baffling since 2004.
The CPJ delineates murder as a “deliberate attack against a specific journalist in relation to the victim’s work.”
The other countries on the list are: