News to go further PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago June 1, 2021 Find out more Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation May 3, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the level of violence to which journalists continue to be exposed in the Philippines. The latest incident is the attempted murder of radio presenter Jerome Tabanganay, who was shot twice outside his radio station in the northern province of Kalinga on 14 May, four days after the country went to the polls.“The toll from physical attacks on the press continues to mount in the final weeks of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s administration,” Reporters Without Borders said, calling for a thorough investigation into Tabanganay shooting. “A total of 137 journalists have been killed since she took office nine years ago. This shows that reforms aimed at promoting media freedom and protecting journalists are essential in the Philippines.” The press freedom organisation added: “We hope that the incoming government will do what is necessary to end the culture of impunity. We also appeal to President-elect Benigno Aquino to reestablish a positive climate for the media as soon as he takes office on 1 July.”The host of a news programme on state-owned Radyo ng Bayan, Tabanganay was approached by a gunman as he arrived outside the station on the morning of 14 May. He immediately started to run but the gunman managed to shoot him in the legs as he fled.The attack came on the same day that Esmael Mangudadatu was declared the winner of the gubernatorial election in Maguinadao, a province at the other end of the Philippines. Mangudadatu’s wife and two sisters were killed in massacre on 23 November 2009 in which 32 journalists lost their lives.The massacre made the Philippines the world’s deadliest country for the media in 2009.Reporters Without Borders also voices its strong support for the call by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines to the outgoing government to bring forward a parliamentary vote on legislation that will decriminalise press offences. May 18, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Need for press freedom reforms News Receive email alerts News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Philippines February 16, 2021 Find out more
She defines all things fine and Italian and her works are like magic flowing through marble and metal. Simona Bocchi, the Italian artiste who has made India her home over the last few years, unveiled her latest work Devotion Divine in the Capital. The evening was a celebration of art and its finer nuances as the Italian Ambassador of Italy, Daniele Mancini spoke about Bocchi’s works and her fine talent. The piece, crafted entirely out of marble flows in tandem with Bocchi’s deep attachment to spirituality. In fact, Bocchi’s India chapter is all about her spiritual connect with the country. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Bocchi was born in Monza, Italy and her initial enlightenment in her field happened in her academic sojourn through art schools in Milan, Brera, Wimbledon, finally graduating in Carrara. She came to India in 2006, invited to organise an exhibition in Delhi by the Italian Embassy. And then there was no looking back. Her experience in India brought her closer to the spiritual search she had been on forever and Udaipur soon became her home. The piece, Devotion Divine, reflects an figure that has the finesse of a female body, the soft curves and flow but it also has the slight edge of the masculine chiseled in. This connects to Bocchi’s fascination with Shiva-Parvati, a theme that has been an intricate part of her work. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHost VN Dalmia expressed his love for art with a simple line, ‘Never buy a piece that doesn’t give you joy,’ he says, explaining why he picked Bocchi out of a million other artistes. Bocchi is not only the perfect cultural ambassador for her country, she now merges the finer arts learned in India with her past. She is currently working on a personal exhibition scheduled for next year and at the same time concentrating on her book.