Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that a Philippine radio journalist died of his injuries on 1 May after being shot several times by a motorcycle gunman the previous day, and calls on the country’s authorities to identify those responsible. Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Philippine local radio commentator Edmund Sestoso (right) died on 1 May of the injuries received in a shooting attack the previous day, to the dismay of the country’s journalists (photo: Noel Celis / AFP – Facebook). PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityViolence Organisation to go further Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Philippines February 16, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts News News May 2, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 RSF condemns fatal shooting of Philippine radio journalist June 1, 2021 Find out more News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityViolence May 3, 2021 Find out more Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Edmund Sestoso’s voice was very familiar to listeners of DyGB 91.7 FM, a local radio station in Dumaguete City, in Negros Oriental province, where he was gunned down as he was returning home by motorcycle on 30 April after recording his popular morning programme “Tug-anan sa Power 91,” in which he discussed local affairs, including political issues and armed conflicts.Sestoso was shot in the chest, stomach and legs at a toll station by an unidentified individual on a motorcycle. The gunman also shot the tires of the pedicab whose driver tried to transport him to a hospital. Aged 51 and the father of two girls aged 11 and 13, Sestoso died yesterday in the hospital to which he was taken after the shooting.“We are absolutely horrified by this tragedy and we express our complete solidarity with the Philippine media community, which is once again in mourning,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“Edmund Sestoso worked for the public good by explaining news developments in the Dumaguete region to his listeners, sometimes tackling very sensitive issues. We urge the authorities to do everything possible to find both the killer and instigators, and to not let this crime go unpunished.”The local police have said the shooting was very probably linked to Sestoso’s work as a journalist.Joel Sy Egco, the head of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFOMS), told RSF that, until evidence comes to light indicating otherwise, he too is of the view that Sestoso was targeted because of his radio programme. A conflict between rival political factions in Negros Oriental could be to blame. Sestoso used to head the local chapter of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).He is the first journalist to be killed in the Philippines in 2018 and at least the fifth to be killed in connection with their journalism since Rodrigo Duterte, who is prone to particularly violent verbal attacks on the media, became president in June 2016. Long regarded as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists, the Philippines has fallen six places in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked is ranked 133rd out of 180 countries. RSF_en
12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » I’m guessing that you’ve seen the headlines.For Bank of America’s Poorest Customers, Banking Just Got More Expensive. (Quartz) Here’s a snippet from the story.Bank of America this month eliminated its once cutting-edge eBanking program, completing a process it began in 2013. The program, first introduced in 2010, was part of an initiative to bring in customers who were amenable to a digital-only banking experience. For those who wanted IRL customer service and paper statements, the program had a $8.95 monthly fee. But this was waived for customers who agreed to not use a teller and complete all routine transactions digitally.The new policy, which guts the free eBanking program and moves its customers to a standard Bank of America checking account (with a $12 monthly fee), has sparked unhappiness from current and previous users.The new $12 fee is waived for customers with a daily balance of at least $1,500 or at least one direct deposit of $250 a month, but many of Bank of America’s poorest customers won’t meet those requirements. A petition on Change.org that protests the change in policy has more than 45,000 signatures as of this writing.As I’m writing this, I realize that I might not have the right headline. “Oops, they did it again.” That isn’t fair to banks. The job of a bank is to make a profit for its shareholders. So when something isn’t profitable enough, they’ll make the change. That isn’t a bad thing. It is the way every for-profit organization is run. It just isn’t great for customers.
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