(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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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