Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cyberpress Statement on Maguindanao Massacre

THERE'S a reason why I only write about the lighter side of things and it's probably the same reason why political jokes makes me cringe more than they make me laugh. Having had my share of bad news (literally and figuratively), I've always preferred the idea of putting a smile on people's faces with something more pleasant to read, to sort of counter or balance the unpleasant headlines of the day. All this negativity is not doing anybody any good.

But there are also things that you simply cannot turn a blind eye on. The Information Technology Journalists Association of the Philippines, better known as Cyberpress and an organization where I'm a proud member, do not usually issue statements taking a stand on certain issues. After all, most, if not all of us there are headstrong individuals who do have different views on different things. And while we don't always agree with each other, we do respect each other's opinions.

But the recent Maguindanao massacre is something else and this is where we all found ourselves on the same page. Here now is the official and collective statement of Cyberpress as we hope to add our little voice to the many already outraged by this sad and horrible episode in our country's history.

The IT Journalists Association of the Philippines (Cyberpress) condemns violence against any person, especially atrocities against media people.

The IT Journalists Association of the Philippines, also known as CyberPress, is one with the civilized world in condemning the brazen killing of our colleagues in the journalism profession in Maguindanao. The Philippine government should act swiftly in putting the perpetrators of this dastardly act to justice – we expect nothing less.

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