NUJP pushes for safety mechanism for journos
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.sunstar.com.ph/ davao/)