Kami ang boses ng nakararaming manggagawa sa industriya ng media. Kami ang mga lumalaban hindi lamang para sa kalayaan sa pamamahayag, kundi para sa disenteng trabaho. Dahil hindi lang iisang tao ang nasa likod ng bawat istorya sa diyaryo, radyo, telebisyon o online. At panahon nang malaman ng publiko ang aming kalagayan.
As society’s watchdog, media serves as the voice of the truth and of the people. The irony is that, even as journalists strive to perform in the highest standards, they are also victims of injustices in the country.
Yes, media workers at risk, but not only because their lives are under constant threat. The truth is that their welfare is also being overlooked by most media companies. They are overworked if not underpaid. Many of them do not have security of tenure and statutory benefits. And because they are not “regular employees”, they are now being ordered by the government to pay additional taxes and issue receipts as “service providers”. All of these, despite several years of loyal service to their companies.
And so, #BuhayMedia has been created to give a voice to the media workers who are experiencing unfair labor practices in the country. In the remaining #65Days (from October 28 to December 31), we will tell the Filipino people of our struggle as we call for better labor conditions in the media industry. Let the countdown begin!
DISCLAIMER: Buhay Media is maintained by the Talents Association of GMA Network (TAG), but the stories published here do not necessarily reflect the views and experiences of all TAG members or the media industry as a whole.
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