April 22, 2013
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the
National Union of Journalists (NUJP) in the Philippines in condemning the intimidation
and harassment of journalists by the military in
Five journalists who were covering a fact finding mission by Barog Katawhan – an organisation
composed of Typhoon Pablo survivors - were allegedly harassed by the military
and left stranded in Davao Oriental.
Journalists Macky Macaspac of Pinoy Weekly, Marilou Tuburan of Davao Today and journalists from Kilab
Multimedia and SunStar are
among a group 69 participants of the fact finding mission unable to leave the
Baganga area in Davao Oriental.
According to a Pinoy Weekly report, the military threatened the group’s drivers who fled the
area leaving the participants stranded through the night.
Further to this, the NUJP Mindanao Media Safety Office was told that the
military had set up camp an hour's walk from the village where the Fact Finding
Mission is being conducted blocking the road leading to Baganga. Ronalyn Olea of the online Bulatlat received a text message from one of the organizers of the mission, saying
military agents were preventing the group from leaving the area.
actions of the military are a direct attempt to stifle freedom of
information. The IFJ calls on the
government of the Philippines’ to commit to taking the steps required to ensure
that journalists are protected and able to report freely” said IFJ Asia-Pacific
Director Jacqueline Park.
For further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919
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