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Community to honor memory of journalists who died during Typhoon Yolanda

Posted On 2013 Nov 20
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A survivor carries water cans as he searches for fresh water in an area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban November 18, 2013. The Philippines is facing up to an enormous rebuilding task from Typhoon Haiyan, which killed at least 3,681 people and left 1,186 missing, with many isolated communities yet to receive significant aid despite a massive international relief effort.  (MNS photo)

A survivor carries water cans as he searches for fresh water in an area devastated by Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban November 18, 2013. The Philippines is facing up to an enormous rebuilding task from Typhoon Haiyan, which killed at least 3,681 people and left 1,186 missing, with many isolated communities yet to receive significant aid despite a massive international relief effort. (MNS photo)

Media and community groups will hold a memorial honoring the journalists who died while reporting news about Typhoon Yolanda (International name Haiyan) on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2-5 p.m. at Carson Library, 151 E. Carson St. in Carson.

The event also commemorates the 4th anniversary of the Ampatuan massacre on Nov. 23, 2009, which left 57 dead – 32 of them journalists.  The Committee to Protect Journalists described the massacre as the single deadliest event for journalists in history.

In the wake of Typhoon Yolanda, four journalists died while reporting news about the typhoon and seven are still missing, according to the National Union of Journalists (NUJP). The four who died were broadcast journalists Archia Globio and Malou Realino of DyBR-Tacloban and Allan Medina and Ronald Vinas of dyVL Aksyon Radyo Tacloban. Several others lost their homes and belongings.

The event will include photo and art exhibits, poetry reading and musical performances by members of the Filipino-American media, as well as a candle-lighting ceremony in honor of the journalists who died in the line of duty. Award-winning journalist and author Benjamin “Boying” Pimentel will also talk about his latest book, “How My Children Lost Their Tagalog.” Proceeds of book sales will go to a scholarship program for the children of the fallen journalists.

The event is sponsored by the NUJP-US Chapter, Fil-Am Press Club of California, Frontliners, F7, Friends of the (Carson) Library, Filipino American Community of Los Angeles (FACLA), Justice for Filipino American Veterans (JFAV) and Philippine Expressions Book Shop.

For more information, email NUJPevents@gmail.com.

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