NUJP condemns harassment against former chairman

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) condemns
the harassment against our former national chairman Edgar Cadagat,
president of the Negros Press Club.

Three persons in a multi-cab vehicle and a motorcycle briefly stopped
at Mr. Cadagat’s house in Bacolod City in Negros Occidental province
Friday night. One of the persons fired a shot believed to be from a
handgun in front of Mr. Cadagat’s house before they sped off.

Fortunately, Mr. Cadagat was not home during the incident. He believes
that the incident could be related to the stories and opinion articles
that he has written.

We demand that the Philippine National Police and other
law-enforcement agencies investigate the incident swiftly and
thoroughly, arrest the perpetrators and put them behind bars.

Mr. Cadagat is a pillar of the press freedom movement in the country
having fought for the rights and welfare of journalists since the
Marcos dictatorship.

The incident is revolting coming just four days after at least 30
journalists were slaughtered along with lawyers, women and other
civilians in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao province.

This shows that the global outcry and revolt against the massacre has
not stopped the attacks and threats against journalists in the
Philippines.

Even before the massacre, 104 Filipino journalists have already been
murdered since 1986 with 67 killed since President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo came to power 2001.

The attacks and killings will only stop when the culture of impunity
is dismantled and when government can ensure protection and justice
for its citizens.

We call on our colleagues and the people not to be cowed, stand firm
against these attacks and defend our democratic institutions.

For reference:

Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Chairman

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NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES
www.nujp.org
105-A Scout Castor Street (near Morato Avenue)
Quezon City, Philippines
Tel.: (+632) 4117768
Email: nujphil@gmail.com
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Are you a journalist under threat?
Report it to NUJP’s Threat Hotline: (+632) 411-7768
or email it to nujphil@gmail.com
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“There can be no press freedom if journalists
exist in conditions of corruption, poverty or fear.”
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