Statement on cheche lazaro

Statement of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines on the anti-wiretapping case against Cheche Lazaro
The issuance of a warrant of arrest against respected broadcaster Cheche Lazaro related to the wiretapping case filed by an executive of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) once again debunks government claims that it is serious in protecting the rights of journalists and upholding press freedom.
The case is obviously meant to harass Lazaro and send a warning to other journalists who are just doing their role as watchdog of government and society.
Rather than be amused by the absurdity of the case filed by GSIS Vice President Ella Valencerina, we view the case with alarm especially that it comes from a top official of a government agency that should be transparent to media and the people in all its dealings.
We call on our colleagues to condemn this recent attack on the press and to be vigilant against measures curtailing press freedom.
For reference:

Sonny Fernandez
NUJP Secretary General
May 8, 2009


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