Wednesday 9 December 2009

Family of massacred journalists need legal help

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called for urgent action to provide legal support for the families of victims of the massacre in Maguindano province in Mindanao, the Philippines, on November 23.
The call comes as the preliminary report of an IFJ international mission currently in Manila raises concerns over the commitment and capacity of Philippine authorities to guarantee a full and independent prosecution of the killers of 31 journalists and media workers and at least 26 other victims of the massacre.
“The international community must heed the urgent appeal for help from journalists in the Philippines and across the world to take all necessary measures to pressure the Philippine Government into action and support the victims of this atrocity,” said IFJ President Jim Boumelha.
The report of the mission, conducted at the request of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), an IFJ affiliate, further calls for urgent counselling and humanitarian support to the families of the victims, including at least 75 children who have lost a parent. In many cases the victim was the sole breadwinner for families now facing an uncertain future.
Thirdly, the report underlines the need for the protection of witnesses and a comprehensive safety program for journalists in Mindanao as tension rises further ahead of national elections in May 2010.
IFJ International Solidarity Mission preliminary report

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