By Joey Natividad
SORSOGON CITY (BicolToday.com/24-Nov-2012) – Journalists in Sorsogon vowed on Friday, November 23, to continue defending press freedom in the wake of government’s weakness in solving the spate of journalists killings, and its failure in placing the killers behind bars.
This was declared by journalists of Sorsogon’s National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) and members of Sorsogon Media Forum, two pro-active media goups who joined their fellow media colleagues nationwide in remembering the Maguindanao Massacre when 58 persons were massacred, among the victims were 33 journalists.
The media group phoo-phooed the announcement by President Noynoy Aquino of vowing swift justice for the Maguindanao massacre vicitms as “purely rhetoric that does not serve the interests of the victims and their families.”
The Sorsogon journalists informed BicolToday.com on Saturday regarding their sympathy action with Metro-Manila’s mainstream media colleagues.
“Since the dastardly crime took place, a number of witnesses have been killed, obviously with the purpose of frustrating the ends of justice. Sadly, the government remained insensitive to this fact and remained steadfast in its utter lack of desire to serve the ends of justice,” declared members of the Sorsogon Media Forum.
However, the Sorsogon journalists vowed not to be silenced by threats nor by acts of violence to stifle press freedom in their pursuit to expose the truth, and report matters of public concern.
“We shall keep our vigil. We will never cease in lighting the torch that would shed light to the path to justice. We shall never tire in marching to proclaim to everyone and the whole world that we demand justice for our fallen comrades,” declared members of NUJP Sorsogon chapter.
“This patent lack of sincerity on the part of the government only emboldened those who are intent on silencing the press. We are reminding the Aquino administration that there are now FOURTEEN (14) media workers killed under his tenure. And definitely, this is bound to increase as long as this administration remains unmindful of, and uncaring to the plight of the media people,” the group informed BicolToday.com.
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