NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES
Dear friends and colleagues,
On Friday, July 31, the NUJP will be celebrating its 23rd founding anniversary.
The past years have been challenging, to say the least, for the independent Philippine press as more and more colleagues have been murdered in a climate of impunity nurtured by the inaction and even outright hostility shown toward us by this administration.
Most of the working press continue to work under very difficult circumstances, overworked and poorly paid, often left to their own devices with regard to their welfare and safety. They also continued to be hounded by threats and harassment by those in power who would like to see nothing more than a docile, even servile, press.
Yet we have weathered the dangers and challenges, continued to remain strong in our resolve to carry out our mandate of serving the people’s right to know.
It is fitting that, on this occasion, we take time out to review our past, celebrate our triumphs, acknowledge and seek solutions for our shortcomings, and look to the future.
We would like you to join us in commemorating this occasion and, more important, charting our common future in the service of the people and the profession. The program is scheduled on Friday, July 31, 7 p.m., in our office at 105-A Scout Castor St, Brgy Laging Handa, QC, near Tomas Morato.
Some of the highlights of the program are the launching of three NUJP projects: the re-designed NUJP website, the multimedia advocacy plugs and the election coverage safety monitoring project.
In keeping with the call of these times of financial difficulties, we have thought it best to keep our celebration as frugal but as meaningful as possible. And as a sign of our belonging to one community, we have decided to make this affair potluck, with all of us, friends, colleagues, partners pitching in, in whatever way we can.
Looking forward to having you join us.
Nestor P. Burgos
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