Recent developments, including the Friday night raid of the Daily Tribune newspaper office, the deployment of troops to “watch” over broadcast stations ABS-CBN and GMA7, and the threat implied against news organizations in the February 24 proclamation declaring a state of national emergency, all indicate that the Arroyo government is seeking to intimidate print and broadcast facilities and journalists, and scare them from covering and exposing all the angles of the present crisis.
The question is: will we be cowed?
We invite all those concerned to join us at a gathering/press conference of media groups and individuals who want to take a strong and united stand against all attempts by the Arroyo government to muzzle media all over again.
The gathering will be held on February 26, 2006, 11 a.m., at Newsdesk CafÃ©, along Timog Avenue, Quezon City.
For inquiries, call Joe Torres (0920-9276188), Weng Paraan (0910-4950095) or the NUJP office (411-7768).
February 25, 2006