Unyon ng mga journalists nanawagan sa pamahalaan na ituring silang ‘essential workers’

Imahe mula sa opisyal na Facebook page ng NUJP
  • Naglabas ng opisyal na pahayag ang unyon ng mga mamamahayag o journalists
  • Nananawagan sila na ituring naman silang essential workers ng pamahalaan
  • Kinalampag din nila ang pamahalaan na nawa ay paigtingin pa at gawing makaagham ang paglutas sa suliranin ng COVID-19 sa bansa

“Media workers as essential as the stories we produce.”

Iyan ang pambungad na pangungusap sa opisyal na pahayag ng National Union of Journalists of the Philippines o NUJP na nananawagan sa pamahalaan na ituring silang essential workers, kaya kailangan ding bigyan ng prayoridad para sa kanilang kaligtasan sa pagtupad ng kanilang tungkulin.

Makikita ito sa kanilang opisyal na Facebook page.

Imahe mula sa opisyal na Facebook page ng NUJP

“We have come to the point where staying alive is a daily struggle. We are saddened and enraged that the new spike in COVID-19 cases is even more vicious. It pains us to see how the Duterte administration resorts to the same failed COVID-19 response, ignoring calls for scientific approach in battling the spread of the pandemic,” matapang na bahagi ng kanilang opisyal na pahayag.

“More than a year since the lockdown, the Duterte administration has been adamant in implementing mobility restrictions without raising the bar of the health care system nor implementing free mass testing, effective contact tracing and isolation, among others.”

“No thanks to the inefficient government response to the pandemic, we receive reports of two cameramen dying due to COVID-19 and at least 58 fellow journalists and media workers testing positive for coronavirus. Although media workers are considered essential workers during the quarantine, the lack of support and assistance for them suggests they are not seen as that important after all.”

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“While we hold the administration accountable for the rate of infection, we would like to remind media companies of their obligation to protect their employees, including correspondents and contributors. Media companies should provide free swab testing, hazard pay especially for those covering on the ground and health insurance.”

“Those infected should be given emergency cash assistance, access to quality health care, and psychosocial support. Those who are willing to be inoculated must also be given access to safe and effective vaccine. Our friends, colleagues and families are not just maliit na bagay.”

Sa huling talata ng kanilang opisyal na pahayag, sinabi nila na sila ay naninindigang deserve ng mga Pilipino ang komprehensibo at siyentipikong pagresponde sa COVID-19.

“As we call for support for our colleagues struck by the virus, we stand with the Filipino people in demanding a comprehensive and scientific COVID-19 response.”

Samantala, wala pa namang tugon ang Office of the President hinggil dito.