We live in dark times. This global pandemic casts a long shadow of fear and uncertainty that our generation has never faced before.
As we strive to survive together, we individuals and groups from the arts, media, and creative community, pledge to brave the darkness by being beacons of truth and amplifiers of hope.
We stand, in solidarity, to defend press freedom.
The shutting down of the country’s largest media network, the attacks on the independent press, the orchestrated spread of disinformation, and the killings of journalists all lay down a worrying pattern of repression and conditions for more hardship. In effect, we are deprived of accessible, credible, and accurate information and our right to speak truth to power, both crucial to saving lives.
We speak, in solidarity, to uphold freedom of expression.
The suppression of free speech, the threat of censorship, and the crackdown on those who voice out criticism and dissent hinder us from contributing to the bayanihan spirit in rebuilding our nation amid the crisis. The right to free expression should never be sacrificed in the guise of public order and safety.
We move, in solidarity, to reclaim our humanity.
The disregard for everyone displaced by the shutdown, the neglect of the needs of the marginalized and the poor, the widening of social fragmentation, and the normalization of discrimination and violence erode the core of our humanity. No citizen should surrender rights, freedoms, and dignity to survive this catastrophe.
We shall not allow truth to die in this pandemic. We will hold the line for press freedom. We will continue to broadcast stories of the human condition. We will push back against barriers to our rights and freedoms with the strength of our unity.
As a community of artists, journalists, and creators, we will not sign off and leave the imagining of our collective survival to those in power. We will shape the new normal towards the vision of the better world we all deserve.
For every Kapatid, Kapuso, and Kapamilya. For our kababayan. For our kapwa Filipino.
We brave this darkness to channel light.
In solidarity and struggle, we sign our names below.