The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) invites you to join us in commemorating the World Press Freedom Day through our annual NUJP Press Jam, a night of songs, testimonials and solidarity with the media on May 3, Tuesday, at My Brother’s Mustache, Quezon City starting at 7 p.m.
Our theme this year “Ligtas at Responsableng Pamamahayag, Malinis na Halalan, Bet Ko ‘Yan!” –puts on spotlight the increasing yet evolving role of the media in the elections, as well as the equally important need to ensure safety of journalists and media workers in the line of duty, especially in communities deemed as election hotspots.
The role of both traditional and new media as educator, watchdog and partner in seeking public accountability is significantly emphasized in the forthcoming presidential elections, with the Commission on Elections collaborating with Manila-based networks in mounting public debates. Yet we should also remind our ranks on the negative role the media may play in the whole process, for instance, through biased reporting to serve private interests, to withhold truth and serve as propaganda for repressive leaders.
This year’s NUJP Press Jam enjoins different progressive artists such as Bayang Barrios, Chikoy Pura, Karl Ramirez, Boogs Villareal, Rom Dongeto and Plagpul, and also representatives from media unions, laywers’ groups, citizen watchdog groups and the COMELEC to share insights on media safety and responsibility in elections and democracy. We also hold our 4th Auction aimed to raise scholarship fund for the children of slain journalists.