The College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) held a press conference on the latest counts of campus press freedom violations (CPFVs) at the Vinzons Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman, July 5.
Through a caucus and survey last May at the National Student Press Conference, CEGP was able to collate 185 CPFVs from student publication nationwide. The most number of cases came from inconsistencies and suppression of funds while censorship, adviser and administration intervention, and harassment showed striking figures.
“The staggering figures are only the tip of the iceberg. There are more violations that remain unregistered. But this numbers show ample evidence of the continued campus press repressions.” Marc Lino Abila, National President stated.
Victims of campus repression from Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology (EARIST) and National University (NU) were also present to share their current situation.
CEGP pointed out that the militant orientation of the campus press makes student journalists vulnerable to such violations.
“The capacity of the campus press to convey dismaying realities is deterred by fascist school administration. Nevertheless, campus writers must maintain and continue their advocacy for a free press.” Abila argued.
Furthermore, other issues on various student repressions were also aired including the cases of DLSAU students, Lloyd Garcia and Vincent Quejada. Gracia was suspended because of posting an anti tuition fee increase protest while Quejada was barred to enroll due to his affiliations with NUSP and Kabataan Partylist.
“This issues come hand in hand. It usually summarizes the society’s repressive status quo. And though the figures account for a crisis of student’s freedom, the Aquino government has done nothing to stop this.” Abila further commented.
Lastly, CEGP contended that these issues are rooted from the chronic failures of the country’s education system,
“The student campus journalists should not stop voicing the real conditions of the society. We must resist, until we win.” Abila ended.###