|Today is Media in Black Day: Journalists hold protest actions nationwide|
|Written by Administrator|
|Wednesday, 31 May 2006 03:00|
Black will be the dominant color today as journalists all over the country wear black to protest the continued killing of journalists. Dubbed as Media in Black, the protest action is led by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and various media organizations.
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The mobilization concides with the burial of Palawan broadcaster Fernando "Dong" Batul who was shot to death on May 22. Batul was the 42nd journalist killed under the Arroyo government.
According to the NUJP, media organizations in various parts of the country (including in Baguio, Subic, Iloilo, Lucena, Sorsogon, Albay, Pampanga, Laguna, Bacolod, Tacloban, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Pagadian, General Santos and Ozamis) will also hold simultaneous candle-lighting ceremonies.
In a recent statement, the NUJP has held "Arroyo and her administration accountable for the murders of our colleagues under her watch and the increasingly brazen manner in which they have been killed."
In holding this protest, the NUJP declared: "Enough is enough! Let us cease to be just observers and recorders to the death of democracy. Let us unite and fight back the threats to our lives and liberties."