The celebration of Cebu Press Freedom Week aims to remind the public and the press that the freedom they enjoy must be protected from all threats. The celebration brings together not just Cebu journalists but also members of the public invited to activities that range from forums and training sessions to photo exhibits and fellowship.

The Cebu Press Freedom Week Inc. board of trustees lays down the policies on the management of the weeklong celebration.

1984
Sept. 9-15
The Association of Cebu Journalists, the Cebu Newspaper Workers’ Foundation (Cenewof) and Cebu News Correspondents Club organized the Cebu Press Week celebration to remind the public and the press that the freedom it enjoys must be protected from all threats.

1988
Sept. 4-10
The Council of Cebu Media Leaders (CCML)—organized to promote the development of media as a profession, upgrade its practice and police its ranks—led the now renamed Cebu Press Freedom Week celebration.

Dec. 3, 1992
CCML passed a resolution opposing the holding of any congressional interference with media.

1994
Sept. 18-24
For the second time, CCML organized the Press Week celebration.

1995
Oct. 22-28
A major feature of the celebration was a reverse interview with news sources.

1996
Stung by criticism about legitimacy and motives, CCML cancelled the Cebu Press Freedom Week celebration.

1997
Oct. 5 to 11
To prevent non-media groups from exploiting the affair, Cebu’s Working Media, instead of CCML, organized the affair. The affair was limited to legitimate members of media outfits.

1998
Sept. 20-26
Cebu’s Working Media agreed to hold the celebration on the week with Sept. 21 in it, to commemorate the 1972 declaration of Martial Law, which had led to flagrant violations against press freedom.

1999
Sept. 19-25
Lead convenor: The Freeman
The convenors’ group institutionalized Cebu Press Freedom Week and agreed that each of the three newspapers take turns in leading the activity every year.

2000
Sept. 17-23
Lead convenor: Cebu Daily News
The Cebu Federation of Beat Journalists was organized.

2001
Sept. 16-22
Lead convenor: SunStar Cebu
Initiated by Cenewof, a city street was to be renamed after journalist Pedro D. Calomarde, but City approval came only on Jan. 9, 2002. In 1995, a street had been renamed after Concepcion G. Briones.

2002
Sept. 15 to 21
Lead convenor: The Freeman
The first working session of the Cebu Citizens-Press Council was held, along with a pooled broadcast on press freedom, and a Globe Telecom photo exhibit on 18 media personalities.

2003
Sept. 21 to 27
Lead convenor: Cebu Daily News
Articles on Cebu journalism’s icons were published in the local English-language dailies. An exhibit planned for the week was instead held on the inauguration of the MBF Cebu Press Center on Oct. 25.

2004
Sept. 19-25
Lead convenor: SunStar Cebu
A theme song on journalists having diverse thoughts but sharing one life and dream was produced. The “Cebu Journalism: the People and the Times (CJJ)” was published. A street was named after journalist Jose Ma. del Mar.

2005
Sept. 18-24
Lead convenor: The Freeman
After a hibernation of three years, the Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) was revived with SunStar as lead news group.

2006
Sept. 17 to 23
Lead convenor: Cebu Daily News
CJJ2 was launched, and Lens held a photo exhibit. SunStar produced the documentary “Killing Journalists.”

2007
Sept. 15-22
Lead convenor: SunStar Cebu
SunStar debuted its “Reaching out to future journalists” forum with Masscom students from Cebu universities. Within the year, Orlacsan St. in Mandaue City was named after sports editor Orlando C. Sanchez.

2008
Sept. 20-27
Lead convenor: The Freeman
The “Journalists at Work” photo exhibit was held, and the CCPC-led documentary “Access Denied: Journalists’ Lament, News Sources’ Plea” was screened.

2009
Sept. 19-26
Lead convenor: Cebu Daily News
A street was named after post-war journalist Jose G. Logarta in Talisay City. Forums focused on the automated polls. Sidelights were an exhibit on photojournalism, film screening, book sale and press freedom run.

2010
Sept. 18-25
Lead convenor: SunStar Cebu
On the initiative of CCPC, an exhibit dedicated to Cebu media, the CJJ Gallery, formally opened at the Museo Sugbo, the documentary “Corruption of Media: The Cebu Setting” was screened, and the Cebu City Government reinstalled the marker recalling the 1961 murder of The Republic News editor and columnist Antonio Abad Tormis for his corruption exposes.

2011
Sept. 17-24
Lead convenor: Cebu Press Freedom Week Inc. Board
Police officials and Cebu media managers signed a memorandum of understanding on valuing public safety in the coverage of crisis situations. A street in Barangay Sambag II, Cebu City was named after sportswriter Manuel N. Oyson Jr.

2012
Sept. 15-22
Lead convenor: Cebu Daily News
Firsts for the celebration included the Globe Cebu Media Excellence Awards, and the launch of an e-book version for the CJJ7 magazine.

2013
Sept. 14-21
Lead convenor: SunStar Cebu
Forums on the Magna Carta for Philippine Internet Freedom and the problems of schools’ journalism programs were held, along with the annual sports challenges and film showing.

2014
Sept. 20-27
Lead convenor: Cebu Press Freedom Week Inc. Board
The CCPC opposed the proposed amendments to City Ordinance 1408 expanding the powers of the Cebu City Anti-Indecency Board. Streets in Argao town were renamed after journalists Wilfredo Veloso, Cerge Remonde and Clod Bajenting.

2015
Sept. 19-26
Lead convenor: Cebu Daily News
Elections and the Internet were the main themes. The Globe Media Excellence Awards was expanded to cover the Visayas.

2016
Sept. 17-24
Lead convenor: The Freeman
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar and Presidential Assistant-Visayas Michael Dino were among the speakers during the celebration. A candle lighting at the Cebu Provincial Capitol honored fallen journalists.

2017
Sept. 16-23
Lead convenor: SunStar Cebu

(CJJ12 was published in hardcopy in September 2017.)