Category Archives: 2012 IDEI

Aquino gov’t policies, politics, inaction delay justice for Maguindanao martyrs

THE FAMILIES of the 58 victims of the Nov. 23, 2009 Ampatuan Massacre are starting to lose hope in the justice system, and the government has only itself to blame.

As we commemorate the third anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre, where 32 journalists and media workers were among the murdered, only two of the eight Ampatuan clan members in jail have been arraigned. Some witnesses have died. Some relatives of the victims have fled their hometowns following receipt of death threats.

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A PLEDGE—AND A REMINDER

In 2010 Mr. Aquino promised much in the area of human rights and press freedom defense. The third anniversary of the Ampatuan Massacre should be both an occasion for journalists, media advocacy and human rights groups to renew their pledge never to forget what happened on November 23, 2009 and to continue to fight for the justice that has eluded the slain and their families, as well as an opportunity to remind the President and the nation that, for all his promises, he has so far done so little.

The campaign to declare November 23 as International Day to End Impunity highlights the Philippine government’s inaction to uphold press freedom and protect journalists, and the failed promise of this Aquino presidency.

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Impunity and the Free Press

Impunity and the free press on Prezi

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Ampatuan Massacre: PROFILING THE VICTIMS

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Ampatuan Massacre: Trial Overview

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Ampatuan Massacre in the News

The Ampatuan Massacre is the single most brutal attack against the press in Philippine history. On November 23, 2009, 58 persons–including 32 journalists and media workers–were killed in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province, southern Philippines. Outdated and laborious court procedures have prolonged the trial. Since the Massacre three years ago, press coverage of the trial and other related events has waned, as the trial drags on. Following are links to the news stories chronicling events during the third year of the Ampatuan massacre.

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