Abused and unused

Opinion & Analysis Philippines May 25, 2012 at 12:54 pm

JOURNALISTS’ and media advocacy groups marked World Press Freedom Day on May 3 (yesterday in Manila) this year as in the past years. But as if by agreement, they avoided the word “celebrated,” echoing a National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) statement marking the occasion in 2010 that “there is nothing to celebrate,” among other reasons because 32 journalists and media workers had been killed on November 23, 2009 in Maguindanao in what is now known as the Ampatuan Massacre.

NUJP did hold its usual “media jam” this year, during which, however, the gaiety was in constant danger of being overwhelmed by the uncertainties of the decade, specially the past two and a half years.

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