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Congress seeks to fix venue of libel to place where community journalist lives, works

Bills now pending in Congress narrow the venue of the filing of libel cases to the place where the journalist lives or works, or where the main office of his…

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The Revised Penal Code requires libel suits to be filed in the Regional Trial Court of the province or city where the libelous article was first published, or where the offended parties lived or worked when the offense was committed. Complainants have filed suit in places far from where community journalists work. SUNSTAR PHOTO

Bills now pending in Congress narrow the venue of the filing of libel cases to the place where the journalist lives or works, or where the main office of his media outfit is located.

House Bill 6916, “An act providing for the venue of the criminal and civil action in libel cases against a community or local journalist, publication or broadcast station,” provides the venue of libel cases against such journalists and media outfits as the “Regional Trial Court of the province or city where the principal office or place of business of the community or local journalist, publication or broadcast station is located.”

The objective of the bill is “to prevent harassment of community or local journalists, publications or broadcast stations.” Continue Reading

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Olga Marie “Gingging” Campaña, 46

A week after suffering from a brain hemorrhage indicating an aneurysm, Olga Marie “Gingging” A. Campaña, news editor of SunStar Cebu, died on January 18, 2018. She was 46. After…

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Olga Marie “Gingging” Campaña

A week after suffering from a brain hemorrhage indicating an aneurysm, Olga Marie “Gingging” A. Campaña, news editor of SunStar Cebu, died on January 18, 2018. She was 46.

After getting her Mass Communication degree from the University of the Philippines Cebu, Campaña wrote Cebuano news and feature stories for Bantay Radyo.  Continue Reading

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Mercado receives Asia Communication Award

Journalism icon Juan Mercado finally received his silver plaque as 2014 AMIC Asia Communication Awardee three years after having been recognized by the group for excellence in journalism. Asian Media…

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Journalism icon Juan Mercado finally received his silver plaque as 2014 AMIC Asia Communication Awardee three years after having been recognized by the group for excellence in journalism.

Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) secretary general Ramon Tuazon personally handed him the Selangor Plaque at Mercado’s home in Cebu City last Dec. 6.  Continue Reading

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FOI executive order: Can it overcome secrecy, corruption?

IN THE Philippines’ long-running effort to get a freedom of information (FOI) law passed, President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to move on the matter without Congress seems like a ray of…

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IN THE Philippines’ long-running effort to get a freedom of information (FOI) law passed, President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to move on the matter without Congress seems like a ray of light.

But it remains to be seen whether the executive order he signed on July 23 opening up government records to the public will help, or hurt, the aims of the order.

Eight senators and a congresswoman have filed FOI bills in the 17th Congress. The bills cover the executive, legislative and judiciary branches of government and constitutional bodies, while Duterte’s executive order (EO) covers only the executive branch. But this is better than having no FOI order at all. Or is it? Continue Reading

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Watching media cover the elections

A year-long effort to enrich election coverage In the highly politicized Philippines, elections are major events. In the May 2010 elections, candidates, promises, foibles and scandals fell under media scrutiny….

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A year-long effort to enrich election coverage

In the highly politicized Philippines, elections are major events.

In the May 2010 elections, candidates, promises, foibles and scandals fell under media scrutiny. But the media were themselves subject to examination.

As part of its mandate to improve the journalism craft, the Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) held a series of consultations from June 2009 to March 2010 to improve local media’s coverage of the 2010 elections. Continue Reading

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