Melinda Quintos de Jesus

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censorship, democracy, gender, media, peace, politics
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Asia, Southeast
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Critical columns from the Philippines

Melinda Quintos de Jesus is an outstanding journalist from the Philippines. Apart from writing columns and producing radio and television programs she is actively involved in the development of professional media in the Philippines. Furthermore Mrs. de Jesus is a moderator and Resource Persona and a lecturer on media issues.
Melinda Quintos de Jesus started a career as a free-lance journalist in the seventies, starting out in the field of television documentary film.

She developed two magazine concepts which she also edited, TV Times, the first television magazine in the Philippines; and Balikbayan, a publication designed for Filipino communities abroad. In the eighties, she was among the columnists of Bulletin Today who wrote critically of the Marcos regime. When she was eased out of that job, she moved to the forefront of the ´alternative press´; as editor and columnist of Veritas NewsWeekly.

After the People Power protest toppled the Marcos dictatorship, she wrote columns for leading newspapers in the Philippines, the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Philippine Star. Her media columns have appeared in the Evening Paper and the Manila Times. She also co-hosted a TV political talk show ´Velez this Week´; with the late Jose Mari Velez. DZRJ-FM featured her ´column -on-the air´;

In 1989, she organised the private non-stock, non-profit Centre for Media Freedom & Responsibility (CMFR) that publishes the Philippine Journalism Review (PJR) and administers the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism. She has developed training programs on media and the justice system, peace reporting, media and gender-based reporting and other emerging issues in the news agenda.

Mrs. de Jesus received the Year 2000 Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Fellowship for Professional Development in recognition of her efforts to strengthen Philippine democracy by promoting higher standards of media responsibility and professionalism.

Ms. de Jesus was a journalist-in-residence at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a fellow at the Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government based at Harvard University.
Author: Karin Bergquist


1964: B.A., Major in English Literature, Maryknoll College.

19-26 March 2003, Salzburg Seminar
Professional Responsibility in the
News Media.

Feb. - May 1994, Fellow at Joan Shorenstein Barone Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

1985-1986: Journalist in Residence Program, University of Michigan (engaged in independent study or project)


- Freelance writer

- Executive Director/Incorporator
1989 - Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility which was formerly called the National Media Council. This is a non-government organization (NGO) which has the objective of continuing development of media in the Philippines

- Publisher. Philippine Journalism Review, a bimonthly journal on the Philippine press

- Secretary. Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA)

- Member of Council International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX)

International Consultancies:

- Oct.- Nov., 1999: Consultant to USAID Jakarta for Evaluation of Press and USAID Media Programs in Indonesia
- February 1993: Consultant to the Asia Foundation to help evaluate appropriate programs for the development of the press and the media in Bangla Desh

November 1991: Consultant to the Asia Foundation and the University of Colombo, Sri Lanka on the institution of their first formal academic course in Journalism with a Development orientation


Access to Information: Lessons from the Region

Published Written,
Speech at Seminar on ´Access to Information: Lessons from the Region´; Bangkok, Thailand (13-14 May 2003)

Role of Media Bangkok, Thailand

Published Written,
Paper presented on a seminar at the Asian Institute of Technologi.

Media and Singapore Development

Published Written,
Paper presented on an Environment and Development Conference at the Information Resource Center

The Philippine Press after Marcos

Published Written,
Paper presented at the Annual Conferenc, Association of Asian Studies, San Francisco


Mrs. de Jesus received the Year 2000 Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Fellowship for Professional Development in recognition of her efforts to strengthen Philippine democracy by promoting higher standards of media responsibility and professionalism.


This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the partner institutions.

Images of Asia

(08 August 03 - 26 September 03)