By John Christoper Lara
Leaders from various student organizations, publications and media groups of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, College of Communication gathered this afternoon, February 14, to conduct a peaceful mobilization to call out against the recent arrest of Rappler’s CEO, Maria Ressa. An act which according to them is an attack not only to a signle journalist but to the country’s Press freedom.
Each student leader shared their sentiments and speeches expressing how they condemn any forms of attack to silence and repress the members of the free press which serves as the voice of the Filipino people. They highlighted that all intimidations and attacks should stop and the media men should be able to do their job which is to deliver the truth to inform and protect the citizens.
As future media practitioners, they emphasized the importance of standing up for their fellow journalists and for the media industry as well which is the watchdog of the government. They ought to uphold and promote the practice of ethical journalism and that they will always stand for the truth and that they will fulfill their responsibility of serving it to the Filipino people despite efforts to oppress and silence them.
The student leaders reminded their fellow youth to be vigilant during these times be critical and don’t be afraid of going against the wrong deeds even of those in power.