NUJP slams impunity in crimes vs journalists

THE National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) lamented the culture of impunity in crimes committed against journalists in the country. Citing the 2017 Global Impunity Index data of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), NUJP director Nestor Burgos said the Philippines remains one of the most dangerous countries for journalists in the world. […] The post NUJP slams impunity in crimes vs journalists appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianNov 11th, 2017

Union of journalists demands justice for slain colleagues

Filipino journalists are calling for justice for their murdered colleagues, saying the attacks against reporters and broadcasters over the years showed that the "culture of impunity" has become deeply rooted in the country.   In a statement marking World Press Freedom Day on Thursday, the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) said the latest victim, Dumaguete City radio broadcaster Edmund Sestoso, was shot by unknown assailants earlier this week.   Sestoso died on Tuesday in the hospital, a day after he was shot. He is the ninth journalist to be killed under the Duterte administration and the 182nd since 1986, according to the NUJP.   ...Keep on reading: Union of journalists demands justice for slain colleagues.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2018

NUJP slams Roque as fake news peddler

MANILA, Philippines – The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) responded on Friday, February 9, to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque's assertion that mainstream media  did not report  the truth, calling Roque a "fake news peddler." In  a statement  released on Facebook, NUJP said Roque "completed his metamorphosis from a lawyer who ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

JUSTICE! Eight years after ‘Maguindanao massacre,’ justice still elusive for families of victims

COTABATO CITY – Families of 58 people brutally killed in Maguindanao province continue to cry for justice eight years after 200 gunmen, believed to be followers of the Ampatuan clan, massacred the victims, 32 of them media workers.  The massacre occurred in the village of Salman in Ampatuan town on November 23, 2009 while supporters and family members of Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu were heading to the office of the Commission on Elections to file his candidacy for governor of Maguindanao and challenging Governor Andal Ampatuan, Sr. who was the patriarch of a clan that long held power in the province.  Mangudadatu invited journalists to cover the event and also to protect his group against alleged threats by the Ampatuans. Mangudadatu himself did not go with the convoy for fear that he would be ambushed and instead sent his wife and sisters and supporters to represent him.  True enough, a large group of armed men, many of them militias and policemen, taking orders from the alleged mastermind, Andal, flagged down the convoy on the highway of Shariff Aguak town, the clan’s stronghold, and held all in the group at gunpoint and brought the victims to a remote location in Ampatuan town and raked them all with automatic weapons. Andal’s son and namesake, Andal, Jr., then mayor of Datu Unsay town, and another son, Zaldy Ampatuan, then the regional governor, and several other clan members along with dozens more are now in jail after being implicated in the massacre. The accused have all denied the charges against them. And many witnesses to the gruesome crime had been killed while others were allegedly bribed to prevent them from testifying. The slow progress of the cases is also putting a stress – both psychologically and spiritually – to the families of those who perished in the massacre.  Murders Media watchdog National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said justice remains as elusive as it was 8 years ago and that journalists continue to be murdered with impunity with 178 murdered since 1986 – the last five killed in the year and a half since President Rodrigo Duterte took office.  It said of the 198 massacre suspects, only 115 have been arrested and 112 have been arraigned and that four had died in the course of the proceedings, including primary suspect Andal Sr.  Out of the 112, NUJP said 70 were allowed by the court to post bail, including Andal Sr.’s youngest son, Sajid Islam, who was freed in 2015 after posting P11.6-million bail. This number also included 17 police officers who were allowed by the court to post bail because of weak evidence.  As of July 11, 2017, it said 102 of the accused remain in detention, including main suspects Andal Jr.; Zaldy and also Chief Inspector Sukarno Dicay, then the police chief of the 15th Regional Mobile Group that was conducting the checkpoint when the convoy was stopped by gunmen.  “We have been informed that with only three more principal accused in the massacre trial still to present their witnesses, it would be reasonable to hope for a resolution by next year. We do hope so and pray it will be a triumph for justice. However, the numbers do not offer too much reason for optimism.”  “But as we have pointed out before, notwithstanding its shocking magnitude, the Ampatuan massacre was not an aberration but an inevitable result of the rotten system of governance that afflicts our country. It is a governance of expediency by which all presidents, bar none, court the loyalty of the warlords, crime lords and corrupt clans who infest Philippine politics and rule their bailiwicks like fiefdoms, because this is the only way they can rule effectively,” NUJP said.  Impunity Lawyer Jose Begil Jr, of the Union of Peoples’ Lawyers in Mindanao, said the massacre could potentially go down in history as one of the most long-drawn high profile cases, despite the Justice Department’s declaration that the case is now on its tail end.  He recalled that the late Senator Joker Arroyo had predicted that the trial could take 200 years with nearly 200 defendants and 300 witnesses. “Additionally, prosecution witnesses have either been killed under questionable circumstances, are missing, or were intimidated,” Begil said. “Eight years have passed, justice is nowhere in sight,” Begil said, adding, the culture of impunity, still pervades the Duterte government.  “The Arroyo government was responsible for this impunity against journalists, lawyers, and other human rights defenders. The Aquino government failed to deliver on its promise to attain justice for the victims. And now, the Duterte government has simply expanded this culture of impunity, this time not only against journalists but to drug offenders, and more viciously against human rights activists,” Begil said.  Letter to Pope In 2014, family members of journalists who perished in the massacre had written a letter addressed to Pope Francis and read by Grace Morales during the 5th commemoration of the killings in Ampatuan town.  Grace is the widow of Rosell Morales and sister of Marites Cablitas, circulation manager and publisher of News Focus, who was among those killed.  The letter reads: “Kami ay mga asawa, anak, magulang at kapatid ng mga pinaslang sa bayan ng Ampatuan, Maguindanao noong ika -23 ng Nobyembre 2009. Ang aming mga mahal sa buhay ay kasama sa masaker kung saan 58 ang nasawi kabilang ang 32 mamahayag.  Taun-taon ay bumabalik kami rito sa […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

NUJP backs Rappler journalist, slams hollow block threat

MANILA, Philippines – The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)  expressed support for Rappler's Malacañang reporter Pia Ranada, who was threatened by a pro-administration blogger on his radio program. The group also said it would back Ranada if she chooses to file criminal and civil charges against RJ Nieto. Nieto, a  government consultant  who claimed he had resigned, had urged ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

WATCH: Free Press Live 2017

On Thursday, November 2, The Hague-based group Free Press Unlimited hosts Free Press Live 2017, a gathering of journalists who will stand up for justice during the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. International journalists, legislators and policymakers will discuss the escalating violence affecting those in the media ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2017

UN renews call to counter culture of impunity

MANILA, Philippines - The United Nations has warned that crimes against journalists ran rampant the world over and called for immediate action to secure just.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2016

STATEMENT | Message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

STATEMENT | Message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2016

STATEMENT | Message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

STATEMENT | Message on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2016

Journalists slam PNP over door-to-door bid for good coverage

MANILA, Philippines – The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) slammed the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday, October 7, for its recent visit to a newspaper office in Bacolod  to ask for favorable news coverage . "The media should not be blamed if it reports critical stories, like drug wars, killings, and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

Media group concerned over Ampatuan furlough

MEDIA WATCHDOG National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) expressed concern over the furlough granted by the court that […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2018

On Zaldy Ampatuan’s furlough, NUJP asks: Where are state prosecutors in this?

August 21, 2018 The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines is concerned to learn that one of the principal accused in the multiple murder case filed over the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre was allowed to leave detention to attend a social event on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. This was learned only through Basilan […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 22nd, 2018

Editorial: A travesty to Press Freedom

“there can be no press freedom if journalists exist in conditions of corruption, poverty or fear.” ~ NUJP (In this issue with some added notes is the statement of the NUJP-BB adopted as this week’s Editorial. ed.).....»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJul 29th, 2018

NUJP denounces ‘threats’ versus broadcasters

THE National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) – Iloilo Chapter denounced the purported assassination plot on several broadcasters of Radio Mindanao Network (RMN-Iloilo). The management wrote a letter to Police Regional Office (PRO-6) regional director Chief Superintendent John Bulalacao citing reliable sources informing him of a plot involving the hiring of a gunman […] The post NUJP denounces ‘threats’ versus broadcasters appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2018

‘No truth to AI claim PH a dangerous place’

Malacaang on Friday brushed off an allegation by Amnesty International (AI) Philippines that President Duterte had made the country "a far more dangerous place" to live in.   Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the decline in the number of common crimes and the support of the majority of Filipinos for the Duterte administration's war on drugs belied the rights organization's allegation.   "There is no truth to the statement of Amnesty International that President Duterte has made the Philippines 'a far more dangerous place,'" he said.   In a statement on Thursday, AI Philippines director Jose Noel Olano said "impunity and lack of accountability hav...Keep on reading: ‘No truth to AI claim PH a dangerous place’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2018

NUJP: Removal of Pepsi Paloma articles marks dark day in Philippine journalism

An online news outfit's decision to take down down stories alleging the involvement of Senate President Vicente Sotto III in a decades-old rape case is "one of the darkest days in the annals of Philippine journalism," the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said Wednesday evening......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

NUJP Elects New Set of Officers

THE NATIONAL Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) elected its new set of officers on June 9 during its 10th National Congress at the Casa Pura Hotel in Quezon City.NUJP National Di.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJun 27th, 2018

World Council of Churches slams impunity under Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – The World Council of Churches (WCC) slammed the culture of impunity under President Rodrigo Duterte as around 23,000 people, including Father Richmond Nilo and two other Catholic priests, have been murdered under his watch.  In a statement Wednesday, June 20, the WCC said it ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

NUJP: Sotto overstepping bounds in request to take down Pepsi Paloma stories

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines on Saturday said Senate President Vicente Sotto III is attempting to suppress the freedom of the press in his request for an online news outfit to take down stories on his alleged involvement in a decades-old rape case......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 17th, 2018

NUJP’s 10TH GA marked by protest vs media killings

QUEZON CITY — Despite the rains, participants to the 10th congress of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) staged a black Friday protest to condemn the latest media killing under the Duterte administration......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018

NUJP to gov t: Don t require media as witness in anti-drug operations

MANILA, Philippines – The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) called on the government not to require members of the media to become witnesses in anti-drug operations.  The presence of media in anti-illegal drugs raids and apprehensions should be limited to "coverage for journalism purposes," the NUJP stressed in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2018