Sep 22, 2020

As we mark 48 years since the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law, the country’s journalists remind us that the threats posed by the Marcos regime are the same ones we continue to face today.

Masked Media Launch

Posted by National Union of Journalists of the Philippines on Monday, September 21, 2020

On Sept. 21, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) launched the Masked Media campaign, which advocates for “a free press for a free people” by raising money for a journalist defense fund.

The campaign was launched in time for the 48th anniversary of Martial Law as a reminder of the atrocities committed during the Marcos regime and how our press freedom is constantly threatened by the current administration.

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“We remember the past not in defeat or resignation, but in the spirit of those who defied the dictator, from the clandestine mosquito press, to the alternative media of the time,” their statement reads. 

“And as we do so, we honor the people whose thirst for the truth they served and who, in turn, helped protect them; the people who would, in the end, rise up and throw off the shackles of tyranny.”

[Statement] A free press for a free peopleOn this day 48 years ago, Ferdinand Marcos, then president of the Republic,…

Posted by National Union of Journalists of the Philippines on Monday, September 21, 2020

The campaign will be raising funds by selling “Masked Media” cloth masks, which are priced at P150 and are available through Shopee and Lazada. All proceeds will go towards the Defense Fund for Filipino Journalists.

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Kasabay ng panganib na dulot ng COVID-19 sa bansa ay ang panganib sa Press Freedom dahil sa patuloy ba paninindak at pagpapatahimik sa mga mamamahayag. Kung hahayaan lang nating mamatay ang Press Freedom, mamamatay din ang karapatan ng bawat Pilipino sa tamang impormasyon at katotohanan. At kailangan itong maiparating sa kanila Ang Masked Media ay isang fundraising project sa pamamagitan ng pagbebta ng nakalakip na mask. Ang pondo na malilikom ay mapupunta sa Defense Fund for Filipino Journalists. 'Pag walang Press Freedom, mawawalan ka rin ng kalayaan para malaman ang katotohanan. Join the Masked Media movement. Get your own mask for only PHP 150, all the proceeds will go the Defense Fund for Filipino Journalists: bit.ly/mm-lazada bit.ly/mm-shopee Or you can donate to the fundraiser: METROBANK Account name: National Union of Journalists of the Philippines Account Number: 229-7-229-50757-1 #DefendYourRight2Know #DefendPressFreedom

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The Masked Media cloth masks are out of stock as of writing, but donations can still be coursed through NUJP’s Metrobank account. (Account Name: National Union of Journalists of the Philippines; Account Number: 229-7-229-50757-1)

 

Header photo screengrabbed from the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines livestream

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