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A decade of unbearable grief and pain, as they watch the masterminds of the world’s single deadliest attack on journalists flex political power to evade justice for a crime most heinous, all the while dealing with a personal loss too great for many of us to fathom.
Since 2008, the Philippines remained among the top five countries around the world where killings of journalists are unsolved based on the World Impunity Index published annually by the freedom watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists.
Cyber-attack against Bulatlat, an alternative online news site has been relentless but like House Martell in the HBO Original Series “Game of Thrones”, the site and its editorial staff remain “unbent, unbowed and unbroken”. With the organization’s resolve and help of a Sweden based group of digital forensic investigation expert, the attackers did not succeed to bring the site down.
It is a dark time for democracy and freedom when journalists are treated as criminals – arrested, beaten up, threatened, charged and prevented from doing their work – as happened to our colleagues who covered the violent dispersal of striking workers of NutriAsia and their supporters in Marilao, Bulacan Monday afternoon, July 30.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines rejects outright the proposal of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security to regulate the profession in the guise of a “Magna Carta” and urge all colleagues as well as media owners to unite in opposing this clear threat to freedom of the press and of expression.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines denounces Senate President Vicente Sotto III’s brazen attempt to suppress freedom of the press and of expression by asking online news portal Inquirer.net to take down three stories about him from its site.