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On its 32nd anniversary: NUJP members attacked by NutriAsia guards


Statement
July 30, 2018

As the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines marked the 32nd anniversary of our founding, a number of our members, including the deputy secretary general of our Nueva Ecija chapter, were attacked, threatened and possibly apprehended as they covered the violent dispersal of striking workers at the NutriAsia factory in Marilao, Bulacan Monday afternoon.

We denounce the security personnel of NutriAsia for deliberately targeting journalists and the Bulacan police for failing to prevent or stop this outrage.

Nueva Ecija chapter deputy secretary general Rosemarie Alcaraz was covering the ecumenical service and the violence that followed it for Radyo Natin-Guimba. As she took video of the dispersal, a guard advised her to go behind them. However, when she complied, she was struck on her right thigh with a truncheon, driving her to seek shelter in a makeshift hut erected by the striking workers.

Joseph Cuevas, reporter of Kodao Productions, on the other hand, was confronted by guards who threatened to destroy his camera unless he stopped filming.

Both reporters were wearing identification cards that clearly marked them as journalists.

We are also awaiting word on four filmmakers volunteering with the AlterMidya Network who may have been arrested by the Bulacan Philippine National Police or taken by the company guards inside the factory.

The assault on and the possible apprehension of our colleagues is a clear attack on press freedom and highlights the increasing dangers journalists face.

We will extend all possible assistance to our colleagues in making those responsible for this assault accountable.

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