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NAM CALLS FOR JUSTICE FOR SLAIN FILIPINO MEDIA PROFESSIONALS AND CIVILIANS

New America Media, press release, New America Media Posted: Dec 01, 2009

NAM CALLS FOR JUSTICE FOR SLAIN FILIPINO MEDIA PROFESSIONALS AND CIVILIANS IN PHILIPPINE POLITICAL MASSACRE; AND GREATER PROTECTION FOR ALL JOURNALISTS COVERING DANGER ZONES

SAN FRANCISCO New America Media [NAM] condemns the merciless killings of, to date, 57 Filipinos, including women, lawyers and 30 media professionals, who were part of the convoy of Vice-Mayor Ismael Mangudadatu in the southern province of Maguindanao in the Philippines. The group was traveling on November 23 to file on Mangudadatus behalf, his certificate for candidacy as governor of the province for the Philippines 2010 elections.

As the countrys first and largest collaboration of ethnic media, we are deeply concerned over this unprecedented attack on Filipino media professionals. We honor their courage, and now their ultimate sacrifice, in order to report the news, cover the electoral process and shine the light on the human condition in some of the Philippines most dangerous places.

NAMs global online news exchange has been closely monitoring and posting news reports from our Filipino media partners about this politically-motivated mass murder since the news broke, and salute their dedication to provide the most up-to-date developments and insights on the tragedy. We ask for the safety and security of Filipino journalists in the Philippines and all over the world, as they continue their critical work.

We extend our sympathies and prayers to all the families and loved ones of all the victims, including those who possibly remain unaccounted for.

We urge the Philippine government to expedite the full investigation into these killings and commit to reforms that will prevent further political violence in the country. We also stand with our colleagues in the Committee to Protect Journalists in hoping that President Arroyos declaration of a state of emergency in Maguindanao, will not impede the media seeking access to and information on the case.

This massacre is a call to action to all news organizations supporting reporting in dangerous areas, to work for the greater protection of these heroic men and women, stressed Sandy Close, NAM Executive Director.

NAM stands with all our media and community colleagues in seeking justice for these brazen murders in the Philippines, and in hoping for a cessation of violence against media professionals all over the world.


Signed,

New America Media

Global News Exchange: www.newamericamedia.org

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