International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliates the National
Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) today in commemorating the third
anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre in the Philippines and marks the International Day to
End Impunity by calling on governments from around the region to take immediate
action to bring an end to impunity in the Asia Pacific.
The 2009 massacre, which saw 58
people including 32 journalists and media workers brutally murdered, is known
as the world’s single biggest atrocity against journalists. The date was
declared as the International Day to End Impunity in 2010.
part of a joint campaign, on November 22nd the NUJP and the IFJ sent a delegation to
meet with the Philippines Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and present a joint
letter, addressed to President Aquino, which highlighted the lack of justice in
the massacre trial and the situation of impunity in the Philippines. See: http://asiapacific.ifj.org/en/articles/letter-to-president-benigno-s-aquino-iii-ampatuan-massacre-why-no-action
Of the 153
journalists murdered in the Philippines since 1986, 14 have been murdered
during President Aquino's term of office.
the meeting, the NUJP and IFJ called on the government of the Philippines to
fulfil its positive obligations under international law and to live up to the commitments
made by President Aquino’s during his inauguration to take action against impunity. The delegation represented the victims’
families need for transparent justice and the urgent need for an end to the
protracted court hearings.
and NUJP urged the Administration to prosecute those involved in the massacre
and put an end to the protracted court case before the 2013 elections. It was
the culture of impunity that created the environment in which the Ampatuan
massacre took place before the 2009 election.
than 1000 days after the massacre, 99 of the 197 suspects remain free. Of the
81 police, militiamen and government officials arraigned for the crime, only
two are Ampatuans. Witnesses have been murdered and there have been no
Today, in a show of solidarity, journalists, press freedom advocates and
families of the slain victims of the Ampatuan Massacre led a processional march
of 153 coffins through the Welcome Rotunda in Quezon City to Mendiola, Manila, each
bearing the name of a journalist killed in the massacre. A funeral procession is
also being held in General Santos City with six coffins paraded around the
city, to the Forest Lake Memorial Park, where most of the victims were laid to
Union affiliates and
partners from around the region joined in solidarity to commemorate the
anniversary of the massacre today and call for an end to impunity. In Australia, Journalists and the Media
Entertainment and Arts Alliance ACT branch president, today met with the
Philippines Ambassador in Canberra to present a letter from the Alliance calling
for the Philippines government to take action against impunity and members of
The South Asia Media Solidarity Network Members presented letters to the
Philippines embassies throughout the region calling for action.
The IFJ stands alongside
the NUJP today to demand that the government of the Philippines fulfil its
obligations under international law and to ensure that justice is expedited in
a transparent manner to send a clear signal that violence against media
workers, and defenders of free expression will not be tolerated.
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