US Embassy celebrates press freedom at UPLB

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Broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad

Broadcast journalist Jiggy Manicad

More than 500 students attended US Embassy Manila’s “Broadcast Journalism Discussions with Jiggy Manicad,” a lecture and film screening promoting press freedom in honor of slain American journalist Daniel Pearl. The lecture was held at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños (UPLB) New College of Arts and Sciences.

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Pearl was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal who was abducted and killed by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002. Since then, he has become a symbol of the journalist at risk, and is commemorated annually through events that encourage tolerance and press freedom.

The lecturer, Filipino broadcast reporter Manicad

US Embassy Manila Press Attaché Kurt Hoyer

US Embassy Manila Press Attaché Kurt Hoyer

imparted his hands-on experiences from the field. He provided tips on how to write live news stories and talked about journalism ethics.

US Embassy Manila’s press attaché, Kurt Hoyer, stressed the importance of credibility by checking one’s source and verifying statements and data before reporting the news. Citing a “Reporters Without Borders” survey, he said that the Philippines is a press freedom hotspot and is one of the most dangerous environments for media practitioners.

The day closed with a free showing of A Mighty Heart, a film depicting the abduction and death of Pearl.

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