BAGUIO CITY, July 20 (PIA) - - The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) headed by Undersecretary Jose Joel Egco calls for stronger partnership with media practitioners in ensuring the protection of workers in the industry.
In the North Luzon Information Caravan for President Rodrigo Duterte’s Administrative Order No. 1( creating a Presidential Task Force against media killings) in this city on Friday, Egco stressed that it is the mandate (PTFoMS) to protect media workers/practitioners whether from work - related violence or not, regardless of reason and motives.
“If we can only predict whose life being threatened or where a crime against a media practitioner will happen, we will immediately go there to protect him/her, though because it not the case, we need the cooperation of everybody; we need to be informed also,” he added.
Egco cited the usual risk factors on the life of a media practitioner. They are being threatened mostly due to the line of work, in performing an advocacy and in doing a crusade while the main causes of media killing are due to dirty politics, corruption and the vulnerability of the media sector. Generally, media killing is a result of the hostile geo – political environment in the country, he said.
Egco sadly announced that another media, Joey Llana was killed at 6:00AM Friday (July 20) while driving his car along barangay Penafrancia in Daraga, Albay. This is the 170th media killing case on record since 1986 that the PTFoMS is now looking into, he said.
Under the Duterte Administration, there are 13 media killing cases on record, though only three of them are work- related, he added.
He reiterated the PTFoMS’ appeal to media practitioners to immediately report to them threats to their lives.
Egco also disclosed that they are working for the passage of a Magna Carta for Media Workers that aims to strengthen the integrity of the media industry.
The AO1 North Luzon Info Caravan here was the fourth forum conducted by PTFoMS. Invited participants were regional task force members which include regional and provincial police director, NBI officials and prosecutors, as well as media practitioners from Regions I, II and CAR. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)