Statement of the Freedom Fund for Filipino Journalists
The United Nations declared November 2 as International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists. However, press freedom advocates in the Philippines focus on November 23 to commemorate the 2009 Ampatuan Massacre in which 58 men and women including 32 journalists were killed in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao province.
Highlights of the on-going trial on the Ampatuan, Maguindanao Massacre where 58 persons including 32 journalists and media workers were killed on November 23, 2009.
A primer on the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan, Maguindanao Massacre where 58 persons were killed including 32 journalists and media workers.
VARIOUS MEDIA groups, schools and the relatives of the Ampatuan massacre victims commemorated the fourth anniversary of the massacre and the third International Day to End Impunity through a “human chain” in Rajah Sulayman Park, Manila on November 22.
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.