[STATEMENT] NUJP on safety of journalists covering Marawi City

[STATEMENT] NUJP on safety of journalists covering Marawi City
June 16, 2017

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines enjoins our colleagues now covering the battle in Marawi City to strictly observe safety protocols in light of the reported injury sustained by Australian Broadcasting Corp.’s Adam Harvey yesterday.

Harvey was injured on the left side of his neck as he was covering the evacuation center in the Lanao del Sur Capitol yesterday morning. His injury is minor and he is out of danger.

Nonetheless, the incident starkly shows how dangerous the situation is for journalists on the ground. May we remind our colleagues to never abandon media safety procedures, especially near where the fighting is happening.

May we also ask the security forces in Marawi to further ensure the journalists’ safety as their presence in Marawi and the work they do are vital.

Dabet Panelo
Secretary General
NUJP Hotline: 09175155991