NUJP pushes for safety mech­a­nism for journos

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CON­SID­ER­ING the risk that jour­nal­ists face, the Na­tional Union of Jour­nal­ists in the Philip­pines (NUJP) is push­ing for the full im­ple­men­ta­tion of United Na­tions (UN) Plan of Ac­tion for the Safety of Jour­nal­ists, a safety mech­a­nism to ad­dress threats and ad­vance­ment of press free­dom.

NUJP Davao vice pres­i­dent Zea Capis­trano quoted NUJP statis­tics where a to­tal of 178 jour­nal­ists have been killed in the Philip­pines since 1986 un­der five ad­min­is­tra­tions.

She, how­ever, noted that it has not yet cat­e­go­rized whether it is work-re­lated or per­sonal con­flict.

“What we should do is how we should doc­u­ment the threats against us kay sa kana palang dili ta ka-

balo unsa atong hi­moon had­lokhad­lokon lang ta pag naa natay ma­bangga nga in­ter­est (be­cause if we do not know how to counter, they will just in­tim­i­date us if we step their in­ter­est),” she said.

She added that when a jour­nal­ist would re­ceive a threat by any form, they could call the NUJP’s at­ten­tion or Cen­ter for Me­dia Free­dom and Re­spon­si­bil­ity (CMFR) to ad­dress these threats so they could pro­vide the nec­es­sary steps to be un­der­taken.

The UN Plan of Ac­tion aims “to cre­ate a free and safe en­vi­ron­ment for jour­nal­ist and me­dia work­ers, both in con­flict and non-con­flict sit­u­a­tions, with a view of strength­en­ing peace, democ­racy and de­vel­op­ment world­wide.”

It helps in the es­tab­lish­ment of a co­or­di­nated in­ter-agency mech­a­nism to han­dle is­sues on safety of jour­nal­ists as well as as­sist­ing coun­tries to de­velop leg­is­la­tion and mech­a­nisms fa­vor­able to free­dom of ex­pres­sion and in­for­ma­tion and supporting the ef­forts to im­ple­ment ex­ist­ing in­ter­na­tional rules and prin­ci­ples. JCR (For full story visit www.suns­ davao/)

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