Lynda Jumilla named 2012 Marshall McLuhan fellow, Philippines

ABS-CBN journalist Lynda Jumilla, 2012 Marshall McLuhan fellowPhoto courtesy of the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibiity (CMFR)

MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN veteran broadcast journalist Lynda Jumilla on Friday was named the recipient of the prestigious Marshall McLuhan fellowship for 2012. Jumilla is the first television journalist to receive the award since the fellowship was established in 1997 by the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines.

She received the award during the Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Seminar sponsored by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR). Being this year’s recipient of the fellowship, Jumilla will attend a “ten-day familiarization and lecture tour of Canadian media and academic institutions, and later, a lecture tour of selected Philippine universities under the auspices of the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines.

According to the Canadian Embassy’s website, “the Prize was launched to encourage investigative journalism in the Philippines and it underlines Canada’s belief that a strong media is essential to a free democratic society.” is the news website of ABS-CBN.

June 22, 2012 · Posted in: General

Transparency still a dream, 
says Mcluhan awardee

2012 Mcluhan Awardee Lynda Jumilla with Canadian Ambassador Christopher Thornley 

DESPITE EXPECTATIONS that the high profile impeachment trial of impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona would blow away the culture of secrecy and usher a new regime of government transparency, many government officials still cling to their old and opaque ways, says broadcast journalist and 2012 Marshall Mcluhan awardee Lynda Jumilla.

Jumilla and five other journalists, including Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism executive director Malou Mangahas and PCIJ fellow Carolyn Arguillas, were honored during the 16th Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati on Friday. The yearly awards serve as a forum for senior investigative journalists to share their experiences with journalism teachers, students, and civil society organizations. Jumilla, a broadcast journalist from ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, was selected by the Embassy of Canada as this year’s Marshall Mcluhan fellow.

During the forum, Jumilla pointed out how many had expected the trial, conviction, and ouster of Corona for failure to disclose all his assets in his statement of assets liabilities and net worth to open doors to more government transparency and accountability.

However, Jumilla said this failed to materialize, as the congressmen who were primarily responsible for impeaching Corona have until now refused to make public their SALNs. This, even though 188 congressmen had signed the impeachment complaint against Corona accusing him of culpable violation of the Constitution and betrayal of the public trust for failing to publicly disclose his real assets. “Congress has become more adamant not to release the SALNs,” Jumilla said during the forum.

The other journalists in the JVO panel also spoke of the difficulties in investigating corruption because of the continuing culture of secrecy in the government.

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