The NUJP Media Safety Office monitors all forms of attacks against the media–from threats to intimidation and killings. It also keeps track of the legal status of journalist killings, and cases seeking to intimidate journalists, such as criminal libel.
For more than 15 years, the NUJP Media Safety Office has promoted better and safer working conditions for Filipino journalists through campaigns, training, and legal and technical support. It has helped bring interests of the Filipino working press to the fore, pioneering journalist safety advocacy in the country since its creation.
The Media Safety Office also helps journalists deal with trauma that comes with their work through the peer support network of journalists and media workers and the Peer Support Training.
The NUJP Media Safety Office’s headquarters is based in Manila and has three Safety Officers for the major island groups.
The NUJP Safety Office responds to and documents all forms of attacks on journalists and media workers
ATTACKS AGAINST JOURNALISTS AND MEDIA WORKERS
subjected to killings, physical and online attacks and harassment, cyberlibel cases and red tagging
subjected to harassment (surveillance, verbal), denial of coverage, censorship, arrests, death threats, and other forms of judicial harassment
Peer Support for Journalists
Twenty-two journalists, including NUJP secretariat members, participated in peer support sessions Aug. 20-22 in Midland Resort, Tanay, Rizal.
Psychiatrist Dr. Reggie Pamugas provided inputs on the links between journalism and trauma, coping mechanisms as well as guidelines on reporting suicide and mental health issues.
Peer supporters Dabet Panelo and Ronalyn Olea helped facilitate sharing among the participants while cultural worker Edwin Quinsayas led two yoga sessions.
Quick Reaction Team (QRT)
The victim, Manila Collegian correspondent, went to the US Embassy in the morning of May 21, 2022 to cover the rally by activists and was dragged and arrested by the police. He protested that he was a campus journalist but failed to present a media ID. He tried to present a digital media ID but was taken to MPS5 nonetheless for “verification.” He was released through the assistance of a lawyer at about 4:45 in the afternoon.
The victims (two professional and nine campus journalists) were arrested along with 86 others in a peaceful collective farming activity on 8 June 2022. Several of the journalists tried informing the police they were media workers but were ignored. They spent four days and three nights in jail under inhumane conditions. The NUJP sent safety officers to the province on June 9 to provide assistance and again on June 11 to hand over funds it raised to help in paying bail to the victims. The NUJP also provided assistance to them on June 27 at their first Court hearing and in subsequent appearances in various courts in Tarlac.
Pahayag: A Benefit Gig for Journalists Under Attack
The NUJP commemorated the World Press Freedom Day with a benefit gig dubbed as “Pahayag” on May 3 in Sagul, Malingap St. Quezon City.
Performers included Calix, Shanti, Mocksmile, Kurimaw, PMQH and One Take PH.
NUJP Chairperson Jonathan de Santos shared the continuing attacks on the Philippine media as well as efforts in fighting back against media repression.
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