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Alex Adonis, broadcaster jailed for libel

Alex Adonis looks at the Justice building, on the day he asks the Supreme Court to stop jailing people for libel.

Alex Adonis looks at the Justice building, on the day he asks the Supreme Court to stop jailing people for libel.

“Just shoot me in the head and get it over with.”

This is what radio broadcaster Alex Adonis wants his would-be killers to know.

“A gunshot to the body is painful, and it’s expensive,” he says. If it were up to him, he would rather that his death be fast and swift.

Alex Adonis is a broadcast journalist based in General Santos City. He was a radio commentator in Bombo Radyo Davao. He now works for Radyo Alerto.

Adonis is no stranger to threats from those who feel slighted by his commentaries. Just recently, he received a text message saying that some politicians want to cut out his tongue.

He just shrugs the threats off; he says he has long since accepted that they come with the job as a journalist in the Philippines, one of the world’s top 10 most dangerous places for journalists, according to the international group Reporters Without Borders. (Click here for the 2010 Danger Zones for Journalists in the Philippines prepared by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility.)

In 2007, he suffered what could be the second worst fate of a journalist: he was put to jail for libel. He served time for two years.

Today, Adonis continues his fight against libel. This time, against the newly signed Cybercrime Prevention Act, which criminalizes online libel.

Watch the interview and read the story here: Jailed for libel, broadcaster asks SC to protect free speech

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