Asian Congress for Media & Communication (ACMC)


2008 Activities

Conference Partners
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation

Ateneo de Davao

University of the Philippines
College of Mass Communication

Anvil Publishing

West Visayas
State University

of Mindanao

John B. Lacson
Maritime U

December 10, 2008

Human Rights Anniversary Forum:
Extrajudicial Killings:
Is media doing enough?
UP - College of
Mass Communication Auditorium
Forum Partners

University of the Philippines
College of Mass Communication
The forum featured as speakers Ruth Cervantes, international liaison and public information officer of Karapatan; Edita Burgos, mother of missing activist Jonas and chairperson of the non-government Pamilya ng mga Desaparecidos para sa Katarungan (Desaparecidos); Nonoy Espina, breaking news editor of, the online news portal of Philippine Daily Inquirer; and Joy delos Reyes, editor-in-chief of the daily Malaya. Officials from the Presidential Human Rights Committee and the Task Force against Political Violence (TF 211) under the justice department were also invited but declined. more


August 20-23, 2008
Media in Asia:
A Tool for Human Rights
Education & Monitoring

Ateneo de Davao University
Finster Hall

Media has been dubbed as the watchdog of society. In a democratic society, media plays a significant role in keeping the public informed about events and issues that could affect the Filipino people.

Oftentimes, however, media has remained “reactive” rather than “proactive” in terms of reporting stories that affect basic human rights, such as hunger, employment, and education.

Moreover, media has generally failed to go beyond the proverbial 5Ws and H in reporting these issues even as the need to explore contemporary issues such as terrorism and the war on terror; the rights of women and children; and, freedom of expression and of the press are also often ignored.

Thus, the conference will expose mass communication educators and practitioners to the complex interconnections between media and human rights at a time when both have become central tenets of political, cultural and policy debate.

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