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The campus journalists of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines condemn the blatant attack to press freedom of the Myanmar government in light of sentencing to seven years of imprisonment the Thomson Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. They were found guilty of breaching the Official Secrets Act while investigating the military atrocities to Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine state.
It is the Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's regime that is "guilty as charged" in empowering a blood-thirsty military into an "ethnic cleansing" of the minority Muslim group. Despite the military acknowledging the killings of 10 Rohingya in an counterinsurgency operation, the Myanmar government is unabashed to criticisms from the international community to its genocide.
The trend of attacks to press freedom disparage the valiant role of the fourth estate in contributing to social justice through the might of its undaunted pen to empower the masses and hold govenrments accountable to the citizens.
The Guild draws inspiration from these two journalists as it sides with the Filipino masses into toppling a dictatorship. Like Wa Lone, we also believe in upholding "justice, democracy, and freedom" through a principled unity with the people. As campus press, we will never falter before a despot, like what Kyaw Soe Oo, in handcuffs, said among his colleagues, "you can put us in jail, but do not close the eyes and ears of the people."
In such trying times, the Guild challenges the campus journalists across the country to hold their ideals high and fight alongside the masses. We owe the might of our pen to the people and from the people alone.