NUJPNational Union of Journalists of the Philippines
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Journalists in Bacolod responded to the call for action from LODI and NUJP, with a protest in their city.
But the NUJP said the government must exert strong political will to deter violence.
Likening the act to that of Nazi Germany's secret police, the NUJP said it was 'outraged by the Gestapo-like methods the PNP utilized to verify the identities of journalists newly assigned to cover the organization.
We mount the first Black Friday Protest in defense of press freedom, freedom of expression and all our other rights and liberties that are directly threatened by the very government supposed to defend and uphold these," the NUJP said in a statement.
The NUJP launched a campaign over the weekend against pending anti-terrorism bills in Congress.
NUJP noted that Cortez has been reporting and commenting about human rights violations, continuing harassments on Lumad communities, and the one-year extension of martial law in Mindanao.
NUJP blames the killings -- 13 so far this year in its list and 62 since the fall of dictator Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 -- on the failure of the government to curb crime.
In Zamboanga City, NUJP members offered Mass at the St.
The NUJP said that it is appalled by the decision and stressed it will continue to stand by the family and friends of Ortega as it continues to exhaust avenues to "right the grievous wrong" done to their colleague.
The members of the ABS-CBN team who survived the ambush were Ronnie Enderes, outgoing chair of the local NUJP chapter, cameraman Emilito Balansag and driver Garry Montecillo.
Since President Ferdinand Marcos was ousted in 1986, a total of 62 Filipino journalists -- or an average of three a year -- have been slain, according to NUJP secretary general Carlos Conde.
The rally, spearheaded by the NUJP, was set after the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) ruled to revoke the license to operate of online news site Rappler.