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COMPACT 2017 joins global call for safety of journalists

by Communication and Journalism Department

Posted on November 17 at 2:00 PM

De La Salle University - Dasmariñas (DLSU-D) is making history as it joins the global fight to end impunity for crimes against journalists.

The University, through its Communication Journalism Department (CJD) initiated moves to address this as well as to ensure the safety of journalists through a month-long program, entitled “Communication Impact 2017” (COMPACT Days 2017) which will run from Nov. 2 to Dec. 1, 2017 at the Julian Felipe Hall (JFH) of DLSU-D.

The CJD prepared activities to raise awareness and elicit engagement or participation from everyone starting from the DLSU-D community regarding these critical issues.

On Nov. 2, 2017, an online launch was made via the DLSUD.CJD.WORDPRESS.COM website and socials on FACEBOOK and TWITTER @dlsudcjd where articles, videos, posters, shares and comments about the month-long advocacy campaign were posted. The launch coincided with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) “International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.”

To kick off the activities, the CJD also started an exhibit at the JFH hallway of the “La Sallian NEWS-EUM Wall of Liberty: Freedom of the Press” spreading information about the fight against impunity and also about the safety of journalists worldwide with statements from DLSU-D alumni-turned journalists such as Ron Gagalac of ABS-CBN and Jeff Caparas of TV5.

Another exhibit, “Emerge and See” featured the display of six (6) different specialized emergency kits during an earthquake, fire, typhoon/flood, survival, food poisoning and basic emergencies. The third exhibit entitled Futuristic Safety Gears & Attire for Journalists” will be mounted by November 21.

Another significant event is “Kaligtasan at Karapatan” where documentaries and music videos about crimes against journalists and journalism safety will be shown at the Tanghalang Julian Felipe (TJF) from 1:30-2:30 pm. Another highlight of the day’s events would be a unique Fashion Expo, dubbed as “DIY Journalist Safety Gear Expo 2017” which will feature Do-It-Yourself designed journalist gear/apparel to ensure safety during any coverage. This will be at TJF from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

On Nov. 22, 2017 from 1 to 5 pm at the TJF, the Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Seminar organized by the Marketing Communications Office under Prof. Rosanni Recreo-Sarile will present the DLSU-D community’s pledge for safety on campus.

On Nov. 23, a seminar-forum about Journalism Safety and Fight Against Impunity will be held at TJF from 2 to 5 pm wherein noted journalists will be invited to share their experiences in reportage. There would also be the Lighting of Candles at the JFH Grounds at 4-6 pm in “Commemoration of the Maguindanao Massacre: #8YearsNoJustice.” A Prayer Vigil would also ensue and “Statements Against the Killing of Journalists” would be read. There will also be a video presentation to be shown to give tribute to all Ampatuan victims.

On Dec. 1, 2017 from 8 am- 12 pm at the TJF, “ComQuest: Amazing Race,” will take place, a competition that will challenge the students' knowledge on journalists' safety. The university-wide “Bigkas 2.0,” a Spoken Word Contest will follow thereafter which will showcase the Lasallian creative poetic skills about impunity and journalism safety. The original “Bulag, Pipi at Bingi” stage play will be featured after Bigkas 2.0 that will critically portray the realities surrounding the life of journalists.

Spearheading COMPACT 2017 is Prof. Nornelyn Cachuela as chair and Prof. Angie Quadra-Balibay as co-chair.

“The DLSU-D-CJD will not stop with this month-long awareness and engagement campaign but we will continue to develop and organize relevant activities that will raise more awareness among our students, faculty and staff. It will not surely end here. Actually, we are now incorporating Journalism Safety in our curriculum. And we are also collaborating with UNESCO about these pertinent issues,” says Prof. Artin Umali, CJD chair.