organizes protest marches to draw attention to the killings and maintains a "threat hotline" for journalists in trouble.
But the NUJP
said the government must exert strong political will to deter violence.
launched a campaign over the weekend against pending anti-terrorism bills in Congress.
blames the killings -- 13 so far this year in its list and 62 since the fall of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 -- on the failure of the government to curb crime.
What's more, ''the killers of our colleagues are getting bolder,'' the NUJP
Despite a decline in the number of killings (from 2010 to 2013) compared to the previous administration, local and international press freedom groups lament the fact that prosecution of (old and new) media murders are moving rather slow; some cases did not even reach preliminary investigation, and killings and other attacks against media practitioners continue unabated," NUJP
Aside from NUJP
, various groups had alleged that sectors aiming to put limits on freedom of expression could take shelter on vague provisions of the new law and allege that they have been the subject of libel.
said this liberty risks being curtailed since the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 could be used as a legal mantle to criminalise libel.
Nevertheless, the IFJ, NUJP
as well as the International Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called for the "immediate investigation into the killing and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Cervantes, a member of the NUJP
, first received a threatening text message one August 24.
Branding Atyani as a conduit of the Al Qaida terror network was "irresponsible," said NUJP
, adding that this kind of thinking and assessment from Philippine authorities could "endanger the lives of journalists" who interview sources other than government officials.
Ortega was the 142nd journalist killed since 1986, after the ouster of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and the second journalist to be killed under the administration of President Benigno Aquino, NUJP