MANILA, Philippines — The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) on Friday took exception to the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ (AFP) statement that urged members of the media to “exercise prudence in the course of their job” after a civilian Filipino vesssel carrying an ABS-CBN news team was harassed by Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea (WPS) supposedly just 90 nautical miles off Palawan.
“[NUJP] welcomes the military’s concern over harassment of a civilian vessel carrying ABS-CBN journalist Chiara Zambrano and her team by Chinese vessels in Philippine waters as well as the investigation the Armed Forces of the Philippines has promised,” NUJP said in a statement posted on its Facebook page.
“We take exception, however, to the AFP’s statement suggesting that the incident was caused by ‘journalists’ insatiable desire to be ahead in reporting’ and its suggestion for them ‘to exercise prudence in the course of their job’,” it added.
The latest WPS incident happened while the news team was trying to cover concerns of local fishermen and he fact that 200 Chinese ships are still anchored near the Julian Felipe reef, a part of the country’s continental shelf and inside the Philippines’ 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ). (Click here to read more…)