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Bong Go’s idea of ‘fake news’: bad news, news he doesn’t like

Special presidential assistant Bong Go, testifying last Feb. 19 before the Senate committee, dramatized the erroneous concept of “fake news.” “Fake news,” a.k.a. “false news” is fabricated content, something concocted,…

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Special presidential assistant Bong Go, testifying last Feb. 19 before the Senate committee, dramatized the erroneous concept of “fake news.”

“Fake news,” a.k.a. “false news” is fabricated content, something concocted, a piece of fiction, falsehood wrapped in some shred of fact.

Go said Rappler, the digital news site, and Inquirer, the print broadsheet, reported his alleged intervention in the choice of systems for the navy’s frigates ?- and, he stressed, they were fake news. Continue Reading

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Pope Francis, fake news, and snakes in the garden

Jan. 24 was feast day of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists. This May 13 is Vatican’s World Communication Day. And what had Pope Francis to say?  Pope…

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Jan. 24 was feast day of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists. This May 13 is Vatican’s World Communication Day. And what had Pope Francis to say? 

Pope Francis’s message, contained in a document titled “The Truth Will Set Your Free: Fake News and Journalism for Peace” and released Wednesday, was inevitably about media — and fake news. Continue Reading

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Pope Francis, fake news, and snakes in the garden

Jan. 24 was feast day of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists. This May 13 is Vatican’s World Communication Day. And what had Pope Francis to say?  Pope…

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Jan. 24 was feast day of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists. This May 13 is Vatican’s World Communication Day. And what had Pope Francis to say? 

Pope Francis’s message, contained in a document titled “The Truth Will Set Your Free: Fake News and Journalism for Peace” and released Wednesday, was inevitably about media — and fake news. Continue Reading

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‘Fake news’: undefined in law, bastardized by people like Trump

The existing law on “false news,” under Art. 154 of the Revised Penal Code does not define it. Publishing false news is punishable if it “may endanger the public order…

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The existing law on “false news,” under Art. 154 of the Revised Penal Code does not define it. Publishing false news is punishable if it “may endanger the public order or cause damage to the interest or credit of the State.” Nothing about what “false news” is.

Senate Bill 1492, filed last July 21 by Sen. Joel Villanueva, like the penal code provision, merely describes the potential harm of false/fake news: (1) if it tends “to cause panic, division, chaos, violence or hate” or (2) if it “exhibits or tends to exhibit propaganda to blacken or discredit the reputation of a person…” Continue Reading

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‘Fake news’: undefined in law, bastardized by people like Trump

The existing law on “false news,” under Art. 154 of the Revised Penal Code does not define it. Publishing false news is punishable if it “may endanger the public order…

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The existing law on “false news,” under Art. 154 of the Revised Penal Code does not define it. Publishing false news is punishable if it “may endanger the public order or cause damage to the interest or credit of the State.” Nothing about what “false news” is. 

Senate Bill 1492, filed last July 21 by Sen. Joel Villanueva, like the penal code provision, merely describes the potential harm of false/fake news: (1) if it tends “to cause panic, division, chaos, violence or hate” or (2) if it “exhibits or tends to exhibit propaganda to blacken or discredit the reputation of a person…” Continue Reading

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Cebu Citizens-Press Council: Reaching out

We do a lot of consulting. Before CCPC speaks out. Consultation is the core of CCPC’s work: as forum for media issues, platform for grievance, advocate of free speech and…

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We do a lot of consulting. Before CCPC speaks out.

Consultation is the core of CCPC’s work: as forum for media issues, platform for grievance, advocate of free speech and free press, and catalyst for journalists’ welfare.

The Cebu press doesn’t isolate itself within its media platforms. With its citizen partners, the press reaches out and listens. Person-to-person, up close, in forums outside of the newspaper or broadcast station and its vehicle. Continue Reading

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What may kill a media forum

The 888 Forum may be the only media forum of its genre that has survived in Cebu. Notable forums in the past included: — “Meet the Press” of Cebu Press…

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The 888 Forum may be the only media forum of its genre that has survived in Cebu. Notable forums in the past included:

— “Meet the Press” of Cebu Press Club and, later, Association of Cebu Journalists (during lunch and on TV);

— Lunch with Sun.Star, though limited to Sun.Star journalists;

— “Kapihan sa Sugbo” of Sukna, an association of mostly broadcast commentators.

Many reporters prefer to work separately, not with the herd. But a media forum, or similarly a press-con, can provide the clue or lead to a big story. If a media forum fails to provide even that, reporters stay away, as they shun an empty well. Continue Reading

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Killing Journalists: When law and order and justice system fail

But media shares burden of reducing risk to safety of its practitioners Since Nov. 23, 2009, the Ampatuan Massacre trial has moved oh so slowly, stuck in the mire of…

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But media shares burden of reducing risk to safety of its practitioners

Since Nov. 23, 2009, the Ampatuan Massacre trial has moved oh so slowly, stuck in the mire of simultaneous hearings on petitions for bail filed by 58 of the 197 accused.

Five years ago on that day, 32 journalists and media workers, along with 26 other men and women, died in the worst single political killing in the country since the Edsa Revolution of 1986.

While 197 were charged with 57 counts of murder, only 98 are detained; the rest are still at large. Petitions for bail, in which the state must present “strong evidence of guilt,” have made the process crawl, nowhere near the line when the main trial could start. Continue Reading

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Why Manny Rabacal did not stop, could not have stopped the burning

Manny Rabacal, then with dyMF as station manager and anchor, got the scoop of his life when in 1985 he covered Rudy Maneja while the engineer-cult leader had himself doused…

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Manny Rabacal, then with dyMF as station manager and anchor, got the scoop of his life when in 1985 he covered Rudy Maneja while the engineer-cult leader had himself doused with gasoline and burned to death at Plaza Independencia while a crowd of 3,000 people watched.

He and his radio station Bombo Radyo were criticized by other broadcasters for (1) inducing Maneja to torch himself, (2) not trying to stop it, and (3) sensationalizing the report on the suicide.

His peers who hurled the flak were handicapped by an apparent motive. They sounded like envious competitors who were not there when Cebu’s biggest local death story of the year broke. Only Rabacal as anchor and one of his reporters were. And add a note of contradiction: even as they flogged Manny for sensationalism, they themselves used the tape of Maneja in death throes (lifted from dyMF broadcasts) in their own programs to report and comment on the story. Continue Reading

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‘We hurdled the turbulence quite well’

PCOO CHIEF MARTIN M. ANDANAR His more than two decades in broadcast and communications encompassed roles as TV news anchor, radio commentator, podcaster, and video and audio blogger, preparing him…

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PCOO CHIEF MARTIN M. ANDANAR
His more than two decades in broadcast and communications encompassed roles as TV news anchor, radio commentator, podcaster, and video and audio blogger, preparing him for his biggest communications role to date: Presidential Communications Secretary.

[1] Please update us on changes you had planned, or earlier announced, about your department and its communication strategy for the President.
— What is the name now of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) that you said on June 20, 2016 would be leaner and one letter less in its initials?

We have decided to retain the PCOO brand for practical considerations after realizing we do not have enough funds to defray the costs involved in having a change of name. Anyway, as Shakespeare said, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Continue Reading

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