MANILA—ABS-CBN journalists were honored Thursday by an alliance of artists and media practitioners for reaping international acclaim while facing "rising tyranny."
Journalists Jeff Canoy, Chiara Zambrano, Fernando Sepe Jr., Jonathan Cellona, Val Cuenca and Inday Espina Varona were among the honorees of Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity's (LODI) tribute titled: “Sikato! Sigaw para sa Katotohanan, Pagkilala sa Malayang Pamamahayag.”
Also recognized were Rappler's Maria Ressa, Reuters' Manuel Mogato, GMA Network's Atom Araullo and Raffy Tima, and photojournalists Basilio Sepe and Ezra Arayan.
The honorees were given handcrafted trophies by sculptor and painter Toym de Leon Imao and a caricature drawn by artist Ted Camahalan.
LODI said it recognized the journalists for being "the principal source of information" despite the "spread of 'fake news' and disinformation."
“We honor this crop of courageous and outstanding journalists to tell aspiring journalists and the public that great journalism is not a lost cause under the current dispensation," director Joel Lamangan of the LODI steering committee said in a statement.
"Far from it, we think the situation actually summons the best and most courageous in journalism so that media could exercise their rights and perform their duty to inform and consequently empower the Filipino people.”
In May, LODI urged a United Nations special rapporteur to expedite an investigation into the alleged threats to press freedom and freedom of expression under the current administration.