Category: Media Issues

Villafuerte’s House bill on fake news oppressive

Journalists’ eyes have been focused on Senate Bill #1492 filed by Sen. Joel Villanueva, drawn by committee hearings where PCOO Asst. Secretary Mocha Uson and other “famous” bloggers who allegedly…

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Journalists’ eyes have been focused on Senate Bill #1492 filed by Sen. Joel Villanueva, drawn by committee hearings where PCOO Asst. Secretary Mocha Uson and other “famous” bloggers who allegedly peddle fake news testified.

Few have looked at House bill #6622 filed by Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund “LRay” Villafuerte Jr.

Both bills seek to penalize fake news. The Senate bill is “an act to penalize malicious distribution of false news and other related violation.” The House bill is labeled “Anti-Fake News Act of 2017,” “an act prohibiting creation and distribution of fake news.” Continue Reading

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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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Transparency, openness victim in Malacañang’s lockout of Rappler reporter

CEBU CITIZENS-PRESS COUNCIL STATEMENT on Rappler incident February 21, 2018 Whether Malacañang has the legal right to lock out Rappler news reporter Pia Ranada and CEO Maria Ressa from Malacañang is…

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CEBU CITIZENS-PRESS COUNCIL STATEMENT on Rappler incident
February 21, 2018

Whether Malacañang has the legal right to lock out Rappler news reporter Pia Ranada and CEO Maria Ressa from Malacañang is obscured by the ugly light it casts on a government committed to openness and transparency. Besides, what can it hide from other media that it can by excluding Rappler? 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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Rappler has right to continue publishing

CEBU CITIZENS-PRESS COUNCIL (CCPC) STATEMENT January 16, 2018 Rappler has right to go on publishing. And it’s not a matter of procedure. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reportedly said Rappler…

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CEBU CITIZENS-PRESS COUNCIL (CCPC) STATEMENT
January 16, 2018

Rappler has right
to go on publishing.
And it’s not a matter
of procedure.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reportedly said Rappler can still operate its website because the news organization’s appeal of the SEC ruling revoking its incorporation papers is still pending. 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 DECLARATION

A Call to Action for the Protection of Journalists in the Philippines Marcelo B. Fernan Cebu Press Center, Cebu City, Philippines 23 November 2010 Preamble: In a democracy like the…

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A Call to Action for the Protection of Journalists in the Philippines

Marcelo B. Fernan Cebu Press Center, Cebu City, Philippines
23 November 2010

Preamble:
In a democracy like the Philippines, the people have the right to information so they can participate wisely in governance. It is the role and the duty of the press or the mass media to provide accurate information to the people so that the latter can make better decisions. But in order to perform that duty, the press must be free and responsible. We note however that in the Philippines the press has been hampered in the performance of this duty because of the killings of journalists.

We, the 104 delegates to the 1st Media Conference on the Protection of Journalists, in commemoration of the first anniversary of the Maguindanao Massacre, lament the unsolved killings of more than 130 journalists and media workers while performing their duties in the Philippines between 1986 and 2010. 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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