HUMAN CHAIN TO REMEMBER: 4th year commemoration of the Ampatuan Massacre and the 3rd International Day to End Impunity

Good day!

Posted below, for reference, are details on the Human Chain on Nov. 22, to be participated by press freedom groups and communication students from different colleges and universities in Manila.

Also attached to this email is the poster for the activity. To further help in spreading the word about the Human Chain event, we request you to please post and share this on your respective social media accounts.

Feel free to email or call me (0916 222 1055) for questions. Thanks and see you all on the 22nd.

Best.
Rupert Mangilit
Sec. General, NUJP

HUMAN CHAIN TO REMEMBER: 4th year commemoration of the Ampatuan Massacre and the 3rd International Day to End Impunity

Overview

November 23 marks the fourth year since the Ampatuan Massacre, the sorry incident that left 58 people dead, including 32 journalists, and has since placed the Philippines in the list of the most murderous countries for journalists.

The slow pace of the massacre case and the 10 other media cases on trial mocks not only the memory of the fallen journalists, but also freedom of the press in the country. One cannot deny the chilling effect brought about by these incidents to those who work to report and speak the truth.

This year, press freedom groups such as the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Philippine Press Institute, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, Philippine Center for Photojournalism, and the Center for Community Journalism and Development, will come together in a human chain on Nov. 22 (Friday).

The human chain aims to show solidarity and unity among members of the Philippine media. Together, they remain united in upholding free press and free expression.

The fine print
Assembly is at 3:00 pm, at the Rajah Sulayman Park in Roxas Blvd. The designated area for the human chain is the Baywalk stretch from Rajah Sulayman to P. Ocampo (near CCP Complex entrance).
At 3:45 pm, participants shall start lining up and occupy the designated area.

A program, to be held at a flatbed truck, starts at 4:00 pm. The moving program will have speakers from participating media organizations (NUJP, PPI, CMFR, PCIJ, PCP, KBP and CCJD) and a representative from the participating schools.

The truck will stop at four stations. One to two speakers will speak at each station. While waiting for the truck to stop at a certain station, participating schools will perform to help keep the human chain participants in place.

There will be one moderator assigned for the moving stage and four main marshals to help in keeping the chain organized. Each participating group (media organizations, student groups) shall each have point persons to look over their respective contingents.

NUJP denounces detention and expulsion of IFJ Asia Pacific Director, member

Nov. 1, 2013
Statement

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines is outraged over Sri Lanka’s detention and expulsion of IFJ Asia Pacific director Jacqui Park and colleague Jean Worthington.

Reports from Sri Lanka say the two were detained at a hotel in Colombo where they were meeting with colleagues from the Free Media Movement and then were “subjected to lengthy grilling” by immigration and criminal police officials.

Authorities claim the two, who entered Sri Lanka as tourists, had violated their visa conditions through “anti-government” activism.

Since when, we ask, has simply meeting and talking to colleagues and friends been “anti-government”?

This, plus Sri Lanka’s bloody record of media killings — a good number of which strongly point to the involvement of the government or its security agencies — and expulsion of foreign journalists it does not agree with only proves that its government has absolutely no interest in promoting democracy and basic rights.

We call on our colleagues around the world to denounce this outrage, and on all democratic governments to press Sri Lanka to respect human rights or risk losing its standing in the community of free nations.

For reference
Rowena Paraan
Chairperson