“Stop the killings of journalists! Uphold and defend democratic rights! End impunity now!”
This was the cry of student journalists and different youth organizations that assembled yesterday for the #BlackShirtWednesday, a candle light program held at the Freedom Park.
The program aims to voice out their grievances on all forms of impunity that are prevalent in the country.
According to Nur Jannah Kaalim, the Deputy Secretary General for Mindanao of College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP), all forms of repression inside and outside of the press should end.
“Dili naga matter kung unsa ka daghan ang mga nag picket kay ang goal ang mas importante which is ang pag urge sa mga tao na makialam,” Kaalim said.
Dave Villaroma, the Deputy Secretary General for Davao Region of CEGP, also said that even campus journalists see and experience repression. He added that this program serves as an avenue to express their solidarity with student publications that are experiencing campus repression
“It’s a step for awareness [about campus repression] kahit in a little way,” Villaroma said.