January 28, 2008
Today, January 28, the Philippine media say “Enough!” to continued attempts by government to muzzle us.
The class suit we filed before the Makati RTC and the separate petition filed by other colleagues before the Supreme Court signal that the Philippine media shall no longer be content with condemning or reporting on repeated attempts to curtail press freedom.
Today, journalists have acted in defense not only of their right to pursue their profession but, more important, their duty to serve the people’s right to accurate information about current events.
Today, we warn all those who would use and abuse the power that the people entrusted in them by cloaking the truth from the people, that we can and we will back our words with action whenever our and the people’s rights and liberties are threatened and assaulted.
Joe Torres Jr., NUJP chair
Rowena Paraan, NUJP secretary general