CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 22 July 2017

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Arrests over media murder

MANILA (UCAN): The governor of Catanduanes, Joseph Cua, an aide, Prince Lim Subion, and police officer, Vincent Tacorda, were charged with murder in The Philippines on the eve of International Press Freedom Day of a journalist, Larry Que, on December 19 last year.
The publisher of Catanduanes News Now is the first murdered media person to officially have their death directly linked with their work, as he was killed two weeks after he published an article linking government officials to the illegal drug trade in his province.
 
Although the arrests were made by a body set up by the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, a new body inaugurated by the president, Rodrigo Duterte, Reporters Without Borders warned that the insults and open threats against the media Duterte tosses out do not bode well.
 
While describing the Philippine media as fairly free and diverse, it said Duterte alarms media freedom defenders with his unveiled encouragement of violence against journalists.

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