Monday, November 21, 2011

UNREST: 11/23/09 (Maguindanao Massacre)

UNREST | 11.23.09

A Concert to Commemorate the Second Anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre
National Press Club of the Philippines | Alyansa ng Filipinong Mamamahayag | Burgos Media Center | Free Music Network | College Editors Guild of the Philippines – National Capital Region

Where is justice?

With almost two years after the Maguindanao Massacre, justice remains elusive for its 57 victims along with their awaiting families, friends and colleagues. With them, the nation is on the same way hopeful for significant and meaningful results from the bureaucracy that will ensure prosecution and punishment of its masterminds.

Also on its upcoming second anniversary, press freedom continues to face grave and serious threat as the present government keeps doing nothing to resolve this gruesome mass killing, which involved 34 members of the Philippine press. Culture of impunity endures as architects of the massacre were not yet penalized and some of the culprits were still at-large.

These occurrences further poses question of how sincere really is the State in protecting the welfare of our mass media institutions. Under the government of President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, journalists all over the country continue to face threats and harassments. To date, nine members of the press were killed under the Aquino administration.

As known pillar of democracy in the country, it is only just and rightful for the government to ensure that press freedom is being protected and that safety of media practitioners were at all times guarded. It is the moral obligation of the State to uphold freedom of the press at all cost and with no compromises.

Social unrest may erupt if justice will remain not granted to the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre and as negligence and incompetence of the Aquino administration in doing it so will prevail. Clamor for justice keeps on amplifying loudly to further give strong warning to the enemies of press freedom to stop harassments and slayings.

In one voice, members of the fourth estate and the Filipinos must unite to make our calls resound:

End Impunity!
Justice for the Victims of Maguindanao Massacre Now!
Stop killing Journalists!
Uphold Press Freedom!

UNREST: 11.23.09

We will never forget!

This will be the theme of the upcoming concert on November 23, 2010 at the NPC Grounds in time of the commemoration of the second anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre. The National Press Club, Alyansa ng Filipinong Mamamahayag, Burgos Media Center, Free Music Network and the College Editors Guild of the Philippines-National Capital Region will be part of the event organizers.

Dubbed as ‘UNREST: 11.23.09,’ we aim to put together and unite the most number of journalists, reporters, media practitioners and advocates of press freedom, as well as artists and other cultural groups in a common battle-cry and demand for justice to the victims of Maguindanao Massacre and for freedom of the press and expression. Aside from bands to perform, media groups and different organizations will also give their speeches.

Part of the itinerary will be as follow:

01:30 PM:
Assembly for the Motorcade at the National Press Club Grounds

02:00 PM:

04:30 PM:
Mass for Justice to the Victims of 11.23.09 Massacre and Media Killings

05:30 PM:
Ceremonial Unveiling of the NPC’s Commemorative 11.23.09 Marker for the Maguindanao Massacre Victims and Candle Lighting Activity

06:00 PM:
UNREST: 11.23.09 | A Concert to Commemorate the Second Anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre

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