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CENTER FOR MEDIA FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY


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  1. 1. CENTER FOR MEDIA FREEDOM & RESPONSIBILITY T he formation of the Center for Media Freedom Objectives Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for to discuss selected issues that will be taken up in & Responsibility (CMFR) addresses one of the Excellence in Journalism (JVOAEJ) the magazine. critical concerns confronting the Philippines To promote and strengthen the press as a after People Power toppled the Marcos pillar of democracy CMFR also publishes occasional reports and To establish a framework of responsibility and CMFR holds the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for dictatorship in February 1986. That concern calls ethics in media practice Excellence in Journalism (JVOAEJ) yearly to other books on major topics of media interest and attention to the power of the media and the role of To promote journalistic excellence promote the practice of investigative journalism performance such as media and gender issues and the free press in the development of Philippine To engage different sectors of society in the and explanatory reporting. These involve basic media and governance. democracy. growth of a quality press building blocks for any kind of reporting: research, in the Philippines probe, inquiry and corroboration to Books All over the world, press freedom has been found insure the validity of one’s findings. to be essential to the democratic system. Effective Citizens’ Media Monitor: A Report on participatory government is possible only when it can PROGRAM OF ACTIVITIES CMFR serves as the technical and administrative secretariat of the the Campaign and Elections Coverage count on a well-informed society where individuals Awards. In 1995, the program in the Philippines 2004 PJR Reports (Philippine Journalism Review) freely exchange ideas, where public debate and initiated the first Jaime V. Ongpin Peace Process and Media discussion arise from knowledge and understanding Journalism Seminar on Investigative Press Freedom in the Philippines: A Study of national affairs. Journalism in order to broaden in Contradictions public interest and support for the The Media and Peace Reporting That freedom involves not only media professionals, development of investigative journalism. The seminar, now known as the Jaime V. Five Source Books on Women but also the public served by the media—public officials, Ongpin Journalism Seminar, invites journalism Understanding Women and Politics the private sector, civil society groups, readers, viewers students from different schools to interact with a Understanding Population and and listeners—who receive information and are part panel of finalists discussing their articles and views Development of the cycle of public communication. But freedom of on journalism. Understanding Women, Work, and the press, like all liberties, has its limits, for the simple Migration reason that it is vulnerable to abuse. Media Monitoring Understanding Violence Against Women Understanding Reproductive Health Democratic recovery confronts serious obstacles With content analysis, CMFR evaluates media on the media front. The press and the media need to coverage of major issues and events, such as elections and corruption. Based on findings, CMFR Manuals exert special efforts to measure up a collective vehicle has recommended measures to improve media of information, as an instrument for clarifying complex performance. Media in Court: The Criminal Justice System issues and dilemmas of development that the public The PJR Reports (formerly known as the Philippine Journalism Review) is not just a publication, it is the Guidebook for Reporters should understand. result of a continuing monitoring activity of how In addition to special projects based on content Reporting Public Policy: A Manual for Journalists the press covers and reports events and issues.The analysis, PJR Reports includes case studies of media Against this background, CMFR was organized in PJR Reports fulfills the need for the continuing performance. Conference Reports 1989 as a private, non-stock, non-profit organization education of journalists.The PJR Reports also serves involving the different sectors in the task of building as a regular forum for the discussion of the issues Journalism Asia Access to Economic Information up the press and news media as a pillar of democratic and problems of the news media in the Philippines. It is sent to over 500 journalists nationwide. The A yearly publication that reports on Corruption in Media: society. Its programs uphold press freedom, promote A Multi-Sectoral Perspective responsible journalism and encourage journalistic PJR Reports also serves as a reference for journalism the state of the press and the faculty in universities and colleges. issues affecting media in Asia. Freedom of Economic Information excellence. for Effective Governance Contributors are media The publication was first released as a quarterly News Media and Civil Society and then as a bimonthly journal. Its present format, practitioners from the region who gather for a conference The Road Beyond EDSA: the PJR Reports, is released monthly to make the The Post-Estrada Reform Agenda material more accessible to the public. (the Journalism Asia Forum) Media and Local Government: Corruption and Access to Information
  2. 2. CMFR has developed training modules in the councils since 2001. To date, it has helped establish Board of Directors following areas: regional press councils in Cebu, Baguio, and Palawan. Dr. Jose Abueva Campus Journalism Network Fr. Joaquin Bernas, S.J. Media and Civil Society Atty. Fulgencio Factoran Jr. Media and Corruption CMFR is a founding member of the Freedom Melinda Quintos de Jesus Media and Disaster Fund for Filipino Journalists (FFFJ) and currently Maribel Ongpin Media and Economic Information serves as its secretariat. It is also a founding member Tina Monzon-Palma Works with Media and Judiciary of the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) and Paulynn Paredes-Sicam PRINT Media and Peace a member of the International Freedom of Vergel O. Santos BROADCAST and Media and Public Policy Expression Exchange (IFEX). Media and Women CMFR Contact ELECTRONIC MEDIA Awards Government Journalists on Alert 2/F Ateneo Professional Schools CMFR is a recipient of the Catholic Mass Media 130 H.V. dela Costa St., Salcedo Village Academe CMFR monitors attacks against and threats Award for Public Service in 1993 and the Joaquin Makati City 1227 Philippines civil society groups to press freedom in the Philippines. It maintains Chino Roces Award in 1998. In 2005, CMFR won a database of journalists killed in the line of duty second prize in the “ethics and values” category of Telephone numbers READERS,VIEWERS and trains a national network of journalists to the Templeton Freedom Awards of the United AND LISTENERS report on assaults against the press. States-based Atlas Economic Research Foundation. (+63 2) 894-1314/894-1326 Correspondents provide updates on unsolved (+63 2) 840-0903/840-0889 cases of journalists killed and issue calls for action Melinda Quintos de Jesus when necessary. CMFR serves as a clearing house Executive Director Fax Number To strengthen for information to international groups. Melinda Quintos de Jesus, a founding member (+63 2) 840-0889 PRESS FREEDOM CMFR forwards alerts and reports on the of the Board of Directors of CMFR, has served as promote state of press freedom in the Philippines to the CMFR’s executive director since 1989. De Jesus Website Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), the wrote as a columnist for leading newspapers in the RESPONSIBLE International Free Expression Exchange (IFEX), Philippines. She was also part of the alternative press http://www.cmfr-phil.org JOURNALISM the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), and that tested the limits of control during the Marcos and encourage Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF). regime. She was a journalist-in-residence at the Email address University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and was a fellow JOURNALISTIC Press Councils at the Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and staff@cmfr-phil.org EXCELLENCE Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of CMFR has been working with local partners Government, Harvard University. She was named in the press, academe, and non-governmental the 2000 Benigno S. Aquino Jr. Fellow for organizations to plan, build, and launch local press Professional Development. for PHILIPPINE DEMOCRACY

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