Pedal for Press Freedom

On February 7, 2021, journalists and press freedom advocates joined together for a Pedal for Press Freedom marking the first year of detention of Tacloban-based journalist Frenchie Mae Cumpio. She is being charged, like so many others, with illegal posession of firearms and explosives. Members of numerous journalist groups cycled from the University of the Philippines (UP) in Diliman to ABS-SBN. The cyclists ended their tour at the Commission of Human Rights (CHR) where they held a one hour program with speeches of several journalists. They joined together for press freedom and the release of their imprisoned colleagues.

They also organised an online protest for the release of imprisoned journalist Lady Ann Salem on 19th February.

The NUJP has issued several statements demanding the release of the imprisoned journalists, due to the unfounded nature of the claims against them.

https://nujp.org/statement/statement-nujp-hails-dismissal-of-unjust-raps-vs-icy-salem-calls-for-accountability/

https://nujp.org/statement/statement-end-the-injustice-free-frenchie-mae/

https://nujp.org/statement/free-icy-salem-the-law-is-meant-to-protect-not-persecute/

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