(Repost) MAY 3 is World Press Freedom Day
STATEMENT FROM THE NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS IN THE PHILIPPINES ON WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY.
Today is World Press Freedom Day.
Today, we in the Philippine media again mark this day in commemoration and mourning of what we should be celebrating, press freedom.
Yes, our government has never tired of boasting that we are the freest, most vibrant press in Asia.
Vibrant we will not dispute. For Philippine journalism has continued to remain vibrant, indeed continues to flourish, despite persistent attempts to stifle press freedom.The numbers speak for themselves. Less than two weeks ago, Carmelo Palacios of government-run Radyo ng Bayan was founded brutally murdered in Nueva Ecija, the 51st journalist slain under this administration and the 88th since 1986. A day after, the tally would have risen by another life had not the assailants botched their ambush of Inquirer correspondent Delfin Mallari Jr. and dzMM’s Johnny Glorioso, both founding members of the NUJP in Quezon province.
We again emphasize that this is the highest toll under any administration, far surpassing that of the 14-year Marcos dictatorship, or the combined death toll of the three preceding administrations combined, making the Philippines the second most dangerous place for journalists after war-torn Iraq. Read full statement posted at MindaNews website here.