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STATEMENT: Ending the killing of journalists: State action urgently needed

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.

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TIMELINE: Highlights of the Ampatuan Massacre Trial

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.

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Primer on the Ampatuan Massacre

A primer on the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan, Maguindanao Massacre where 58 persons were killed including 32 journalists and media workers.

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Media groups demand justice: In year four of the Ampatuan Massacre

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.

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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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