Journalists Worldwide to Mark First Anniversary of Ampatuan Massacre

By: E&P Staff

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.

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.

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