Kabataan Party-list expresses its highest salute to the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) on its 89th anniversary
Kabataan party-list stands in solidarity with the College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) on the commemoration of its 89th anniversary today, July 25, 2020. CEGP served as one of the founding organizations of the Kabataan Party-list 19 years ago and has been a consistent champion of press freedom both inside and outside of campus halls.
As democratic spaces shrink at unprecedented rates, as attacks on the freedom of speech and freedom of the press are increasing over the looming undeclared dictatorship of the current regime, the call for campus writers, journalists, and all workers and supporters of press freedom to unite the oppressed Filipinos to a common cause in the form of stories and scoops is now needed more than ever.
Clearly, the press is and continues to be under attack. Media practitioners and alternative media continue to be attacked in all fronts, from arrests and hate speech to cyber-attacks on websites and online platforms. There is an ongoing crackdown on media, priests, farmers, the youth – the dissenters and whistleblowers of Duterte’s regime, which continues to deprive the people of its basic rights, who has broken historic records of unemployment and price inflation, who say them with words while keeping prices of goods high, their mouths hungry. Media practitioners are under attack in the regime’s desperation to keep an illusion of goodness, despite the seeping truth trying hard to be covered by a wall of fake news.
Kabataan raises its fist side by side with Guilders all around the world for almost nine decades of dedication to true journalism that molded thousands of young and critical minds.
The youth is one with College Editors Guild of the Philippines, and as the “pag-asa ng bayan,” continue to be the hope of the nation, and pledge to be the bearers of truth and the defenders of basic human rights, press freedom, democratic rights, education, food, dignity, and national sovereignty, against the state’s continued attacks on media practitioners, truth exposers and the people.###