GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION
November 23, 2010
To Mark One Year Since Massacre In Philippines
Dear friends and colleagues,
We write to you on behalf of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) to alert you to activities around the world to commemorate the world’s single biggest atrocity against journalists - the brutal murder of 32 journalists and media workers in a massacre of at least 58 people in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao, in the southern Philippines on November 23, 2009.
At the request of colleagues attending the IFJ Asia-Pacific regional meeting in September 2010, the IFJ Asia-Pacific office is working with our friends in the Philippines to prepare a Global Day of Action on November 23, 2010, to mark the one-year anniversary of the massacre.
The IFJ and many other international organizations are coordinating global activities, while the NUJP and its local partners in the Philippines will run an intense program of events throughout the Philippines before and on November 23.
IFJ Asia-Pacific will join the NUJP in the Philippines for an international mission in the week of November 23 to provide solidarity to the families and colleagues of those murdered, to support the NUJP in its tireless campaigning for justice, and to conduct advocacy with the Government of Benigno Aquino III to demand justice and an end to the culture of impunity that has gripped the Philippines for far too long.
The overwhelming support shown for the NUJP last year by fellow IFJ affiliates from around the world meant a great deal to all media personnel across the Philippines. Let’s remind our colleagues there that we remain firmly committed to supporting them in their difficult struggle for justice and protection.
Noting that all the required letter templates and fact sheets are attached to this email, we request your support and participation in the following ways:
November 23, 2010: Global Day of Action
Organise for a delegation from your organisation to meet with Philippine Ambassadors and consular officials in your home countries, to alert them to your concerns for journalist colleagues in the Philippines and to demand that all those responsible for the Ampatuan town massacre are brought to justice.
Deliver a letter to the President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III, via the Philippines consulate or embassy in your country (a template letter is attached). Please adapt the letter according to your organisation’s preferences.
The attached fact sheet outlines details of events in the Philippines since the massacre. Include this fact sheet with your letters to President Aquino. Also use it to inform media in your country of the situation in the Philippines.
Write to Foreign Ministers and officials of your home countries to request that your Government demand that the Philippines administration takes action to address the massacre and achieve justice. A template letter is attached. Please adapt the letter according to your organisation’s preferences. Include the fact sheet.
Participate in online protest actions which will be organised through social media such as Facebook and Twitter. We will provide more detail on these actions shortly.
Lead-up to November 23:
Affiliates, partners and colleagues are encouraged to begin a series of actions that will build up to the Global Day of Action on November 23. Here are some suggestions:
Prepare a condolence register or book which can be signed by members of your union and all concerned individuals and organizations. Share the signatures with the NUJP and IFJ.
Encourage your colleagues working in the media to prepare and run news and feature reports on the Maguindanao atrocity and the continuing efforts to secure justice – do not let this issue fade.
Let everyone know about the Global Day of Action on November 23, and continue to express your outrage at the Maguindanao atrocity.
Please send photos and information about your protest actions to the IFJ at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Your reports will be compiled and shared publicly by the IFJ and the NUJP to show solidarity with our colleagues in the Philippines and the strength of a united global demand for justice.
In the Philippines:
See attached draft summary of activities to be conducted by the NUJP in the Philippines.
Please be aware that all letter templates and fact sheets attached to this email can also be accessed at: http://asiapacific.ifj.org/en/pages/global-day-of-action-to-mark-one-yea...