Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Now is the time

If journalists are not busy dodging bullets from press freedom violators, they sure are busy answering libel suits filed by presidential spouse Mike Arroyo. At present, Arroyo has already implicated 45 journalists in his 10 libel suits, a number unprecedented in any administration.

Tomorrow, December 28, some of the journalists whom Arroyo has sued for libel, and other journalists and media organizations (among them the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility), are going to file a class action suit on behalf of the Philippine press against him. Journalists, media organizations, and citizens who want to defend press freedom and free expression in the country are urged to attend the filing of the suit tomorrow at the Office of the Clerk of Court in the Makati Regional Trial Court, 10:30 am.

It's high time we defend press freedom in the Philippines.

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