IFJ Joins National Mourning for Journalists in the Philippines



The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) today pledges its solidarity to the National Union of

Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP),

an IFJ affiliate, and all journalists in the Philippines as they mark a National

Day of Mourning for Media in recognition of fallen colleagues.


Alongside the Freedom Fund for

Filipino Journalists and Radio Mindanao Network and other media organisations, NUJP representatives wore black in a nationally

coordinated action across the country.


Short ceremonies paying tribute to

killed journalists were held in metropolitan Manila

as well as Baguio, Olongapo, Pampanga, Sorsogon,

Iloilo, Capiz, Zamboanga, Davao, Quezon, Bukidnon, Kidapawan, Ozamiz,

General Santos and Jolo.


The murders of two Radio Mindanao

Network (RMN) journalists earlier this month contributed to a newly sombre

outlook for the safety and protection of the media in the Philippines, following a period of optimism when

violence against the media appeared to decrease and the Philippines

courts began to take action to investigate the killings of journalists.


Five journalists in the Philippines

have lost their lives in the course of their work since the beginning of 2008.


“Journalists and journalists’

leaders in the Philippines

have shown great courage and determination in fighting for press freedom despite

the danger and hostility they confront in the course of doing their jobs,” IFJ Asia-Pacific said.


“The IFJ stands with our

colleagues in the Philippines

in sending a message to all perpetrators of violence against Filipino media

workers that we will maintain our commitment as guardians of the public

interest and the independent voice of the people.”


In mourning all journalists killed

while conducting their work, the IFJ is also saddened to learn of the shooting death

of Ronaldo Julia, a former journalist for DZGE radio and the Weekly Informer, in Camarines Sur province

on August 16, whose murder is reportedly unrelated to his media work.


The IFJ extends its deep sympathy

to the family, friends and colleagues of all journalists killed in the Philippines.


For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919


The IFJ represents over 600,000 in

122 countries worldwide