Federation of Journalists (IFJ) abhors the relentless disregard and disrespect
toward the Philippines
media community after another violent act of intimidation against a press
freedom activist was reported on November 27.
According to the National
Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), an IFJ affiliate, three unidentified people reportedly
shot at the home of Negros Press Club president and former NUJP national chairman Edgar Cadagat in Bacolod City,
Negros Occidental Province.
The attackers were travelling in a multi-cab vehicle and motorcycle.
Cadagat, who is a long-standing pillar of the press
freedom movement in the Philippines,
including during the years of the Marcos dictatorship, was fortunately not home
at the time of the attack.
has called this latest attack “revolting”.
It occurred four days after the massacre of 32 journalists as well as lawyers and civilians in a roadside ambush in
Ampatuan town in Maguindanao
Province on November 23.
“This shows that the global outcry and revolt against
the massacre has not stopped the attacks and threats against journalists in the
the NUJP said.
At least 104 journalists have been killed in the Philippines
since the collapse of the Marcos dictatorship and the People Power Revolution
in 1986, according to the NUJP.
Prior to the November 23 massacre, more journalists
had been killed in the Philippines
under the administration of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo since 2001 than under any
other government in the Philippines.
“The Arroyo Government must act with the utmost
urgency to end the unrelenting violence and malevolency against the Philippines
journalism community,” IFJ Asia-Pacific
Director Jacqueline Park said.
“The media in the Philippines has endured too many
long years of violence. Last week’s atrocity must be fully investigated and all
those responsible brought to justice, just as attacks such as those against Edgar
Cadagat and numerous others must be investigated. This systemic violence
against the media must end.”
The IFJ has called for a Global Day of Solidarity on December 9 to
support colleagues in the Philippines
in their quest for justice. The day of action will coincide with an IFJ
international mission to the Philippines.
For more information, go to http://www.ifj.org/en/articles/urgent-ifj-philippines-appeal
information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919
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