Saturday, November 22, 2014

Remembering the Maguindanao massacre

OZAMIZ CITY: The full week stretch will bring journalists commemorating the infamous Maguindanao massacre with media groups mapping up a number of activities to mark the fifth anniversary of the crime.

 The Maguindanao massacre left 58 people killed – 32 of them journalists.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is continuing with its online global campaign to end impunity against journalists that will culminate on Sunday, Nov. 23, the day of the massacre.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) has announced a list of activities, like conducting a mission in the cities of General Santos and Manila from Nov. 21 to 24.

On Nov. 21, NUJP will accompany the families of the victims in visiting the massacre site while on Sunday, Nov. 23, advertising firm BBDO Guerrero will lead the unveiling of an installation art work commemorating the massacre at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani.

Also on Nov. 23, NUJP will join the Milyong Tanglaw para sa Katarungan at the EDSA Shrine at 5:00 in the afternoon and a similar candle-lighting activity will be held by its chapters around Metro Manila.

The NUJP also launched a public service ad campaign in coordination with the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and the Philippine Press Institute (PPI).

The ads will be aired on all TV and radio stations nationwide and published in major and local newspapers along with a social media campaign with the line: "58 dead. 5 years. 0 justice. Ampatuan Massacre 11.23.2009."

Members and press freedom advocates who use the icon in their profile picture from Nov. 17 to 23 joins in solidarity and serve as a reminder of the most gruesome attack on journalists in history.

The Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines (PCP) will also commemorate the anniversary by posting “black photos” in broadsheets and tabloids.

The culminating activity will be on Nov. 23, known as the “Thunderclap Campaign,” which will be an online platform to rally people and spread the message in support of a cause such as the IFI’s campaign.

Violence against journalists in many countries, the Philippines included, is the chief reason for making journalism a dangerous profession in the world.

This Nov. 23 is the fifth year after the Maguindanao Massacre happened but some of the suspects are still on the loose and not one has been convicted for the murders.