Global Day Of Action To Mark One Year Since Massacre In Philippines

 

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and its affiliate, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), are calling on journalists, media workers and their friends and colleagues to prepare for a Global Day of Action on November 23 to mark the one-year anniversary of the world’s single biggest atrocity perpetrated against journalists.

 

Join the campaign: visit The International Federation of Journalists Asia-Pacific Facebook page here.

 

On November 23, 2009, 32 journalists and media workers were brutally murdered in a massacre of at least 57 people in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao in the southern Philippines.

 

The IFJ and many other international organisations are coordinating global activities, including online Facebook and Twitter protests, while the NUJP and its local partners in the Philippines will run an intense program of events throughout the Philippines in the lead up to and on November 23.

 

IFJ Asia-Pacific will join the NUJP in the Philippines for an international mission in the week of November 23 to provide solidarity to the families and colleagues of those murdered, to support the NUJP in its tireless campaigning for justice, and to conduct advocacy with the Government of Benigno Aquino III to demand justice and an end to the culture of impunity that has gripped the Philippines for far too long.

 

Join the campaign and remind our colleagues there that we remain firmly committed to supporting them as they continue their struggle for justice and protection.

 

November 23, 2010: Global Day of Action

 

What you can do

 

  • Organise for a delegation from your organisation to meet with Philippine Ambassadors and consular officials in your home countries, to alert them to your concerns for journalist colleagues in the Philippines and to demand that all those responsible for the Ampatuan town massacre are brought to justice.
  • Sign and send the e-card here  to the President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III
  • Deliver a letter to the President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, via the Philippines consulate or embassy in your country - see attached templates and fact sheets to the right.
  • Write to Foreign Ministers and officials of your home countries to request that your Government demand that the Philippines administration takes action to address the massacre and achieve justice.
  • Participate in online protest actions which will be organised through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. We will provide more detail on these actions shortly.

 

Lead-up to November 23:

Affiliates, partners and colleagues are encouraged to begin a series of actions that will build up to the Global Day of Action on November 23. Here are some ways you can show your support:

 

  • Prepare a condolence register or book which can be signed by members of your organisation and all concerned individuals and organizations. Share the signatures with the NUJP and IFJ.
  • Write letters of support and solidarity to the NUJP. Send them to the IFJ at ifj@ifj.org or to IFJ Asia-Pacific at ifj@ifj-asia.org to be delivered to the NUJP.
  • Encourage your colleagues working in the media to prepare and run news and feature reports on the Maguindanao atrocity and the continuing efforts to secure justice – do not let this issue fade.
  • Let everyone know about the Global Day of Action on November 23, and continue to express your outrage at the Maguindano atrocity.

 

Publicity:

Please send photos and information about your protest actions to the IFJ at ifj@ifj.org and ifj@ifj.asia.org. Photos from last year's solidarity actions can be seen at the IFJ's flickr page here. Please add your own photos, with the tags "ampatuan massacre" or "philippines massacre". Your reports will be compiled and shared publicly by the IFJ and the NUJP to show solidarity with our colleagues in the Philippines and the strength of a united global demand for justice.