By Baretang Bikolnon Staff
LEGAZPI City – During the Ampatuan Massacre commemoration here, a broadcasting student expressed to pursue profession despite the continued media killings with impunity in the country.
Blaise Henry Ilan, 4th year broadcasting student of BU – College of Arts and Letters did not to miss the 8th anniversary of the massacre of 32 journalists among the 58 victims in Ampatuan, Maguindanao in 2009.
At their campus, Ilan joined his co-students and leaders of College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) Albay chapter to demand resistance against media killings.
Amid the challenges in the profession, Ilan still on the same thought to pursue his journey to become a media practitioner after he graduated.
“This happening in our country, that media has been given hate makes me more inspired to pursue my profession to become a media. As what they say, the more you persecute them, the more na lumalaki at lumalakas yung pananalig ng mga taong ito, especially ang mga media,” Ilan said.
He advised his co-students not to be afraid and discourage to pursue the course and the profession it self.
“Being a journalist is also a form of public service, despite the hardships and struggles taking responsibilities upon entering this profession, let us make this as inspiration to report and deliver truth for the people,” Ilan said.
Ilan also expresses his disappointment on the government for being null on the issues of media practitioners.
“It seems like the government is not working out to protect our journalists, especially now that they have shown more interest and favor on the blogs than this one,” said Ilan. “They (government) are giving so much hate and criticisms to the legit media institutions yet being deaf on the real issues the media is facing today.”
“It is sad that we have been considered as one of the most free press in Asia, but we are still listed as the most dangerous place for the journalists. So this free press title doesn’t really means free because of the dangers our journalists are still facing,” Ilan added.
What happened in Ampatuan massacre was a symbol of the culture of impunity according to Editors’ Guild in Albay.
“Let us not forget the suppression of human rights is still present and as a journalist we can be united and we can serve this purpose to inform that each and everyone of us can do something,” said Jessie Jim Rivera of CEGP Albay.
“Each of us has a capability and should be responsible enough in making news wherein truth will be exposed and there is nothing to be afraid of even our life can be replaced, freedom and justice will be achieved,” Rivera added.
As media killings and impunity continue, NUJP, CEGP and other human rights defender stand to resist and fight against the dominant ruling that suppress the Fourth Estate. (With report from Angel De Mesa/BaretangBikolnon.com)