November 23 Movement – No to Martial Law


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.


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


105-A Scout Castor Street (near Morato Avenue)
Quezon City, Philippines
Tel.: (+632) 4117768

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Report it to NUJP’s Threat Hotline: (+632) 411-7768
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