Ampatuan massacre

A month has gone by since at least 57 people, at least 31 of them media workers, were slaughtered in the hills of Ampatuan town in Maguindanao.

Today, all over our benighted land, we gather to commemorate the fallen and recommit ourselves to the cause of ensuring justice for them.

Today, we gather to remember that the Ampatuan massacre was not, as some would have us believe, an isolated incident borne of the feud between two contending warlord families but the logical, if bloody, consequence of a system of governance that not only nurtured but armed the likes of the Ampatuan clan and the many more warlords like them who rule their regions, provinces, cities and towns like personal fiefdoms.

Today, we gather to remember that the Ampatuan massacre was not only the worst single attack on the press in history but a continuation of the series of assaults on press freedom that have been abetted not just by official inaction but by this administration’s many attempts to muzzle the independent Philippine media.

Today, we gather to remember and to impress on our people that the Ampatuan massacre and the search for justice for its victims is not the cause of the media alone but should be the cause of each and every Filipino who values freedom and democracy.

Today, and on the 23rd of each month hereon, let us gather and remember the fallen and recommit ourselves to the cause of justice and freedom and holding accountable not just the killers but, just as important, those who created the circumstances that made this crime against humanity possible.

For reference:

Nestor P. Burgos Jr.

Chairman

Invitation for Coverage for December 9, 2009 Press Conference

WHAT:             Press Conference of the International Federation of Journalists hosted by its affiliate, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), about its mission to bring support to the massacre victims and investigate the Ampatuan Massacre’s circumstances.

WHO:               NUJP and the International Federation of Journalists with representatives from the Indonesia’s Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), Australia’s Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance, the Thai Journalists’ Association (TJA) Southeast Asia Press Alliance (SEAPA), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), International News Safety Institute (INSI), International Media Support (IMS), the Institute for Studies on the Free Flow of Information (ISAI) and Union Network International (UNI).

WHEN:             2:00 o’clock in the afternoon, 09 December, Wednesday

WHERE:           Binondo-Bonifacio Room, Ilustrado, Intramuros, Manila

WHY:               The International Federation of Journalists or IFJ wants to call on journalists across the world to join the Global Day of Solidarity today Wednesday, 9 December, to demand justice for the 31 journalists slaughtered in Maguindanao province of the Philippines on 23 November.

REFERENCE:   Sonny Fernandez/Secretary-General 0939.141.88.21

Alwyn Alburo/Deputy Secretary-General 0918.921.37.12

November 23 Movement – No to Martial Law

NOVEMBER 23 MOVEMENT

No to Martial Law

We absolutely oppose the imposition of martial law in Maguindanao and, prospectively, anywhere else in the country.

We believe that, with the severe restrictions on freedoms it imposes, on the one hand, and the wide latitude of police, military, and official powers it allows, on the other, martial law will only compound the troubles it has been precisely intended to deal with.

Indeed, we believe that normal powers exercised by a decisive, strong-willed, and well-intentioned leadership are enough to bring the perpetrators of the November 23 massacre in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao, to justice.

History offers clear, powerful, and painful enough lessons in the deceptive promises of martial law: It has been used for repression, instead of justice.

The November 23 Movement

The November 23 Movement is a coalition of media organizations and groups are calling for accountability and swift justice to   the slain journalists and other victims of the Ampatuan Massacre.

Members:

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

Business World

Center for Community Journalism and Development

Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

College Editors Guild of the Philippines

Davao Today

Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists

Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

Philippine Daily Inquirer

hilippine Human Rights Reporting Project

Philippine Press Institute

Pinoy Weekly

Southeast Asia Press Alliance

VERA Files

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Justice for the UNTV victims: Maguindanao Massacre

HUSTISYA ANG ISINISIGAW!
Pinangunahan nina Kuya Daniel Razon, Mr. Jay Sonza, Willie Espiritu, Mr. Benny Antiporda ng NPC at lahat ng empleyado ng UNTV ang pagsigaw ng katarungan upang mabigyan ng hustisya ang mga biktima na walang awang pinaslang sa Maguindanao Massacre. Matatandaang kasama sa 57 na pinaslang sa nasabing massacre ang apat na kawani ng UNTV na sina Victor Nuñez (reporter), Mac-mac Arriola (cameraman), Julito Evardo (editor) at Daniel Tiamzon (Driver).

Invitation for Coverage and Participation

Dear friends and colleagues,


The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines kicks off today, December 1,  a series of daily memorial and protest activities to commemorate the victims of the  Ampatuan Massacre and to press our demand for justice. The activities will include the lighting of candles outside media outlets, including those who lost personnel in the carnage.


Part of the series’ aims is to recruit as much public participation in our quest for  justice since the issue goes beyond press freedom and strikes at the very foundations of our existence as a nation and a people.


The first activity will be at 7pm at the Makati City headquarters of Bombo Radyo, which lost Bart Maravilla.

Bombo Radyo is at 2406 Edison cor Nobel St. San Isidro Makati City.


We hope you can be there to cover as well as to participate.


We will send out the final schedule once all arrangements are finalized.


Thank you very much and see you there.

Respectfully,

Nonoy Espina

Vice Chair