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New Media Group Formed in Honour of Maguindanao Massacre Victims in Canada

Updated on December 24, 2010

November 23 Movement of Canada

Journalists in Canada Pay Tribute to Fallen Colleagues by Forming New Media Group

By Edwin C. Mercurio

This Christmas...Join us in our journey to seek the Truth, to help in the pursuit of Justice, Peace, Democracy and Freedom thru the written ‘Word’.

An Invitation: To friends and media colleagues in Canada

A new media organization is being formed in Canada and we are inviting interested journalists who may have worked in the Philippines and who are actively writing and working in various media fields in Canada to join us.

Writers, photographers, broadcasters and other media practitioners are welcome to join us.

Ongoing trainings and seminars will be provided to youths, students and newcomers  interested in learning how to write straight news, feature articles, video and photo coverage. 

Seminars on problems affecting the live-in caregivers, newcomers and other relevant issues to the Philippine community are slated on the first quarter of 2011.

Seminar-workshops will also be conducted on Defamation, Libel and Copyright Laws based on the Canadian Legal Jurisprudence.

Please send your name, phone number, media related work experience  or articles including a short background information about yourself to Edwin C. Mercurio via email  :



In Memory of those who died In Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Philippines.

The November 23rd Movement of Canada composed of veteran journalists from the Philippines held a memorial mass service for the victims of the Maguindanao Massacre last Sunday, November 28 at the Lady of the Assumption Church in Toronto.

The November 23rd Movement was borne out of the need to commemorate, pay tribute and honour the heroism and work of the many fallen 171 media Filipino journalists, including the 32 community journalists who were brutally killed in the heinous November 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre. In 2009, the Philippines has the highest number of journalists killed worldwide.

A total of 171 Filipino journalists and media workers were killed since 1986, Commissioner on Human Rights Jose Manuel Mamaug said. “Of the 171 cases, 116 were killed in line of duty.” Seventy eight percent of the killings happened during the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

The year 2009 had the highest number of journalist killed, 32 of them massacred in Sharif Aguak town in Maguindanao on November 23, 2009. Despite constitutional guarantee of freedom of expression, killings of media remain unabated. Most of the perpetrators of media killings are either policemen or soldiers. The Philippines ranked number one worldwide as the most dangerous country for practising journalist in 2009 with 33 killed in one day alone in Maguindanao, Southern Philippines.

The group commemoratd the first year anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre at the, November 28, 2010 Sunday memorial service officiated by Fr. Romeo Tolentino at the Our Lady of the Assumption church along Bathurst and Eglinton in North York, Ontario. As a fitting tribute, the group officially launchd the newly organized group called Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mamahayag sa Canada or OPM-Canada.

OPM-Canada will be actively involved in the development of young Filipino-Canadian journalists broadcasters, photographers and artists and plans to undertake projects to help promote the Filipino community and establish strong linkages with the media sector in the Philippines.

The core group is composed of veteran writers and broadcasters from major daily newspapers from the Philippines.

Here is the link to the youtube:


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