(FW from friend in the Philippines)
Dear friends and colleagues:
The Philippine media has started activities on the month before the second year anniversary of the ghastly Ampatuan Massacre that killed 58 persons, including 33 journalists in November 23, 2009. It was the greatest politically-related crime in Philippine history and the bloodiest attack against journalists.
If you would remember, AMARC 10 unanimously approved a resolution condemning the massacre and resolved to assist in the global campaign for justice and an end to the impunity. Last year, AMARC made its voice heard by participating in local activities organized by local media groups and attended by the United Nations and other international media organizations.
Of the nearly 200 suspected perpetrators, more than half are still roaming free. Of the six primary suspects, only two have been arraigned. While the trial has been ongoing for more than a year, it is now hopelessly tied up by highly-paid defense lawyers. Needless to say, legal justice is still so far in to the future.
Meanwhile, five journalists have been killed related to their work, several have been attacked and are being harassed, and, just today, a provincial radio station has been burned.
In light of these, we urgently ask our AMARC friends and colleagues to reaffirm their support to our struggles here in the Philippines.
We are asking you to send us one (1) minute recorded audio messages calling for justice for the victims of the Ampatuan massacre, media killings and harassment, and for press freedom in the Philippines. Kindly include your name/organization/media outfit/country in your recorded messages. Please send it to email@example.com in mp3 format before November 21. If you would be sending us recorded messages in languages other than English, kindly attach a written English translation.
All your messages shall be broadcast over DZUP on the week of the massacre's anniversary. It will also be publicly played on various activities related to the commemoration of the massacre here in the Philippines.
Lastly, Kodao Productions would be participating in the said activities, as a member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines--International Federation of Journalists and in coordination with the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists, the National Press Club, the Broadcasters' Association of the Philippines (Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas), and other organizations. As last year, we will be submitting to AMARC pictures and reports of these events.
We ask for your prompt and positive response.
Thank you very much.
RAYMUND B VILLANUEVA
Director for Radio, Kodao Productions
Asiapacific-general mailing list
[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
This e-mail service is edited, managed and moderated by
George Lessard http://mediamentor.ca
Messages posted here are now automatically posted on Twitter at:
Make a donation via PayPal:
Creative-Radio is an independent forum for people active in or interested in the use of radio in development, in particular promoting public health, improved education, protection of the environment, improved livelihoods, good governance and conflict mitigation. Since it started in 1996, Creative-Radio has been in the forefront of radio's resurgence as a tool for social change and peace-building, and it helps promote best practice in these areas.
Remove _NO_SPAM_ for use
Change your subscription
- to daily digest mode by sending a blank message to:
- to individual e-mails by sending a blank message to:
- delivery on hold by sending a blank message to
Caveat Lector- Disclaimers, NOTES TO EDITORS
& (c) information may be found @
This work is licensed under a
Creative Commons Developing Nations license.
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =
Because of the nature of email & the WWW,
please check ALL sources & subjects.
Members who post to this list retain their copyright but grant a non-exclusive license to others to forward any message posted here. They also grant the list owner permission to maintain an archive or approve the archiving of list messages.
Other use of e-mail to this list requires the permission of individual writers