An open letter addressed to the local media circulates online, reminding them that the Philippines was considered as 1 of the 10 deadliest countries in the world for journalists — in 2015.
MJ Quiambao Reyes, a Duterte social media blogger was reacting to the relentless attack of local media to President Duterte, calling him a tyrant and worse, a mass murderer.
To avoid getting accused of fabricating her allegation, the netizen uploaded screenshots of the articles posted by CNN Philippines and PCIJ on their respective websites about the high mortality of journalists under the Pnoy administration.
You may read the open letter below.
Dear Philippine Journalists/M.Media:
Please be reminded how many of your colleagues got killed and how the Philippines was considered as 1 of the 10 deadliest countries in the world for journalists–BUT NO, NOT DURING THIS ADMIN. BUT WAY BACK 2015.
NOW: Despite the left & right attack of many of you against our current government, despite painting our President as a heartless tyrant or even worse, a mass murderer–hayan at buhay na buhay na buhay pa naman kayo at may kumikitang kabuhayan pa nga!
Must I also remind you how the ‘tyrant’ PRRD you so love to demonize even promptly released Administrative Order #1 which aims to protect the journalists/media from harm?
I can only hope these screenshots below (take note of the date of publication!) can bring some of you back to your senses and get you off your selective amnesia.
Let us read the comments to get the the pulse of the netizens on social media.
Gerry Dizon Cabrera remarked: “I really can’t comprehend what is wrong with these journalists and mainstream media.
How can the government eradicate these practices? Kelan nga kaya sila magbabago? Kapag huli na ang lahat at lalong lumubog ang sariling bansa? Where is your professionalism my dear journalists/media?”
Jaime Alvarado Nakakahiya na kyo mga mainstream media journalist halatang halata na kayo. Mukhang kaya nyo pa rin lunukin ang mga ginagawa nyo
Jojo Varquez commented: “Nationwide Martial Law and close all media outlets. Only govt channnels should air and or publish periodicals.”