New York, May 20, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Philippines government and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to clarify an accusation made by freelance journalist Carlos Conde that his name appeared on a 2007 official Armed Forces "order of battle" document.
Conde said he is concerned that the official document amounts to a "hit list" that contains more than a hundred names, mostly and members of anti-government groups. The names, Conde said, are classified as "organized," "dominated," or "targeted," categories that are not explained. Conde said he is the only journalist on the list, and he is classified as "targeted." Orders of battle are usually extensive military plans that include tactics to be used and can identify specific individuals as targets.
whose byline appears regularly in The New York Times and the International
Herald Tribune, and blogs regularly on
his own site, widely distributed a statement to media support groups on
Tuesday, revealing the contents of the document -- "JCICC 'AGILA' 3rd QTR
2007 OB VALIDATION RESULT" -- which he said was leaked to him. Now based in
government of PresidentGloria Macapagal-Arroyo must quickly clarify this
situation and respond to Carlos Conde's charges," said Bob Dietz, CPJ's
Conde described the document in an e-mail to CPJ. "I took a look at it and had no reason to doubt its authenticity," he said. "It was filled with military jargon and was pretty accurate on the information concerning the more than 100 other people in it."
Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) issued a statement Tuesday saying
they had also seen a copy of the "order of battle," which they called "a list
of what the military considers to be enemy targets." "At least one person in
the [document] has been murdered,"