NUJP to journos covering the Marawi crisis: 'Never abandon media safety procedures'

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, June 16, 2017

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines has released a statement Friday reminding journalists who are covering the siege in Marawi City to "strictly observe safety protocols," in light of the injury sustained by Australian journalist Adam Harvey.

Harvey, a correspondent for Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was hit by a stray bullet inside the Provincial Capitol Compound in Marawi on Thursday.

"May we remind our colleagues to never abandon media safety procedures, especially near where the fighting is happening," said NUJP Secretary General Dabet Panelo in a statement.

NUJP has also called on the military to ensure their safety, adding that the work they do is vital.

Read NUJP's full statement after the jump...

STATEMENT FROM NUJP:
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines enjoins our colleagues now covering the battle in Marawi City to strictly observe safety protocols in light of the reported injury sustained by Australian Broadcasting Corp.’s Adam Harvey yesterday.


Harvey was injured on the left side of his neck as he was covering the evacuation center in the Lanao del Sur Capitol yesterday morning. His injury is minor and he is out of danger.

Nonetheless, the incident starkly shows how dangerous the situation is for journalists on the ground. May we remind our colleagues to never abandon media safety procedures, especially near where the fighting is happening.


May we also ask the security forces in Marawi to further ensure the journalists’ safety as their presence in Marawi and the work they do are vital.

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