Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR)
2/F Ateneo Professional Schools-Salcedo, 130 HV dela Costa St.,
Salcedo Village, Makati City 1227
Contact person: Bryant Macale
- Media project
The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (or CMFR) is a private, non-stock, non-profit foundation that has focused its endeavor on press freedom protection along with the establishment of a framework of responsibility for its practice. Its programs represent efforts to protect the press as well as to promote professional and ethical values in journalistic practice. CMFR has based its programs on the knowledge gained form its monitor of coverage, now published in the monthly Philippine Journalism Review Reports (PJR Reports). Its press freedom monitor sustains a database of attacks and threats, including the killings of journalists. The Center for Media Freedom and Responsbility is engaged in a range of activities and efforts:
• To protect and strengthen the press as a pillar of democracy
• To establish a framework of responsibility and ethics in the practice of the press
• To raise levels of competence for coverage of special areas of news
• To promote journalistic excellence
• To engage different sectors of society in the growth of a quality press in the Philippines
Program of Activities:
Media Monitoring and Review: The Philippine Journalism Review (PJR), which was previously in magazine form, was revived in 2007 as a refereed journal for students and professors of journalism. PJR Reports is its monthly sister publication addressed to journalism professionals. PJR Reports is not just a publication; it is the result of a continuing monitoring activity of how the press covers and reports events and issues. PJR Reports meets the need for the continuing education of journalists.
Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism (JVOAEJ): CMFR holds the JVOAEJ yearly to promote the practice of investigative journalism and explanatory reporting.
Freedom Watch: CMFR monitors attacks against and threats to press freedom in the Philippines.
Media Monitoring: With content analysis, CMFR evaluates media coverage of major issues and events, such as elections and corruption.
Journalism Asia: A yearly publication that reports on the state of the press and the issues affecting media in Asia.
Citizens Press Councils: CMFR has been working with partners in the press, academe, and non-governmental organizations to plan, build, and launch local press councils since 2001.
Books and other publications: CMFR publishes reports and books on major topics of media interest and performance such as media and gender issues and media and governance.
For other net participants we can offer expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.