Maguindanao carnage strikes at the very foundations of democracy

Statement of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) demands justice for our colleagues and all the other victims of the November 23 carnage in Maguindanao province.

The Ampatuan massacre, which the military has confirmed was perpetrated by Shariff Aguak Mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr. and police Sr. Inspector Dicay, goes beyond the issue of freedom of the press and of expression and strikes at the very foundations of democracy.

Aside from the wife, relatives and supporters of Ismail Mangudadatu, who were on their way to file his certificate of candidacy to run as governor of Maguindanao, the slaughter also claimed the lives of at least 12 colleagues, according to reports from our chapters in Mindanao.
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NUJP condemns abduction of journalists, lawyers and others in Maguindanao

November 23, 2009

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines condemns the abduction Monday of 40 persons including four of our colleagues who were accompanying the wife of a town mayor in Maguindanao province to cover her filing of her husband’s certificate of candidacy.

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