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Fake News: View of a non-journalist

  By Rev. Fr. Ramon D. Echica [Based on his talk at the Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) media forum during Cebu Press Freedom Week 2019, held at MBF Cebu Press…

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By Rev. Fr. Ramon D. Echica

[Based on his talk at the Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) media forum during Cebu Press Freedom Week 2019, held at MBF Cebu Press Center in Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City last Sept. 19, 2019. The other speaker at the forum was Jason A. Baguia, a  communication teacher-researcher at U.P. Cebu and former Cebu Daily News columnist.]

I am offering my reflections on fake news neither as a cleric nor part of the academe, although I also cannot leave these two hats behind. I like to think that this piece simply comes from a non-journalist, sharing his thoughts to the professional practitioners of journalism.

The landscape of mainstream media is changing rapidly in large part because of social media. Like almost all things, this novel phenomenon has its upsides and downsides. On the former, social media connects people. It is now possible to talk to someone miles away, and free of charge. Indeed, most people believe they are better off with social media than with none.


It is fake news when it is used by political leaders to harass journalists and there is threat of greater harm. Media consumers need to think critically. And journalists can be more honest about their biases and not fail to apologize for their mistakes.


But on its downside, in its social media where people show their narcissism. People post on facebook some trashy materials and what should not be for public consumption. There seems to be an information overload because of social media. Furthermore, one inevitably compromises one’s privacy if one enters into social media.

 Dramatizing discourse

On the political front, social media democratizes discourse. Before the advent of social media, Juan de la Cruz participates in political discourse mainly through the ballot. If Juan de la Cruz wants to be heard through media, he is to write a letter to the editor, and very few have the talent and the patience to do so. But today, anyone can make a post.

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Cebu journalists exposed to China media, culture in group visits

It is  new only because the invitation comes from China through “private organizations.” For decades a similar grant, but for trips to the United States, was offered by the American…

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It is  new only because the invitation comes from China through “private organizations.” For decades a similar grant, but for trips to the United States, was offered by the American state department’s Visitor’s Program and accepted by a number of local newspaper and broadcast practitioners. What is strikingly different is that China’s VP offers glimpses into how media under an autocratic government works.


SINCE 2016,  a number of  mainstream media workers from Cebu have been attending media seminars in China, sponsored purportedly by private institutions through the Chinese consulate office in Cebu.

The latest was organized at the behest of the China International Publishing Group and was held between June 18 and July 19 in Beijing, said Fred Languido who, together with Carlo Lorenciana of “The Freeman” daily newspaper and former “Banat News”  editor John Rey Saavedra, who now works with the government-run Philippine News Agency,  were among the attendees.

Fred Languido: With China.org.cn editor-in-chief Wang Xiaohui.

There were other participants, both journalists and state-employed information officers, from other parts of the Philippines and from six other countries: Iran, Palestine, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Lebanon and Afghanistan.

The irony – autocratic China hosting a media event for journalists of mostly democratic countries –  must not have been lost, especially  to the Filipino journalists, who work with the “freest and most robust” media industry in Southeast Asia.

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THE 2019 DILI DIALOGUE FORUM

CCPC attendance at Timor Leste meeting enables it to share, and compare, its experience on press councils with other media groups in the region By Karlon N. Rama AN INTERNATIONAL…

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CCPC attendance at Timor Leste meeting enables it to share, and compare, its experience on press councils with other media groups in the region

Representatives from the press councils of Australia, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Thailand discuss media challenges in their countries. Other media groups were represented as well — the Aliansi Jurnalis Independen of Indonesia, the Southeast Asian Press Alliance based in Bangkok, Thailand (Kathryn Roja Raymundo, 5th from right), the Cambodian Center for Independent Media based in Phnom Penh, (Danny Caspe, 4th from right), the Philippine Press Institute (Ariel Sebellino, 3rd from right), and CCPC. The named participants are Filipinos. [Photo from Conselho de Imprensa de Timor-Leste]

By Karlon N. Rama

AN INTERNATIONAL organization has shown interest in the interlocking support mechanism that lies at the core of the Cebu Citizens-Press Council, with an official saying it offers approaches that may apply to nascent democracies, where a free and vibrant press is crucial. 

Dr. Lim Ming Kouk noted on the sidelines of the three-day Dili Dialogue Forum (DDF), held in the capital of Timor Leste May 9 and 10, that the “right support from the various sectors of the communities media itself serves” will help address internal and external concerns affecting the press in the region. 


Quick look: Timor Leste allows free use of its public space but is planning to regulate media. It will define “who can broadcast and what can be broadcast.” A government representative sits in that country’s press council. The chairman of East Timor Press Council hopes for “self-regulation” and a media literacy program integrated in the education system.


Dr. Lim serves as advisor for communication and information of the Unesco office in Jakarta that partnered with the Conselho de Imprensa de Timor-Leste (Press Council of East Timor) in hosting the DDF. 
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Museum’s media gallery inspires students

(This article was first printed in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Sept. 15, 2012.)  By Charisse Ursal of Inquirer Visayas CEBU CITY—A visit to a museum has convinced Jessa Parreño…

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(This article was first printed in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Sept. 15, 2012.) 

By Charisse Ursal of Inquirer Visayas

CEBU CITY—A visit to a museum has convinced Jessa Parreño to pursue a career in broadcast journalism once she completes a mass communication degree at the University of the Philippines College Cebu.

A sophomore, Parreño says she wants to see herself in the photos displayed on the wallboards at Cebu Journalism and Journalists (CJJ) Gallery inside Museo Sugbo, the biggest museum of the provincial government, on M.J. Cuenco Avenue in Cebu City. 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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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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Will reporters receiving City Hall aid be required to suppress information? Cebu Citizens-Press Council asks

COMMENT ON PROPOSED ORDINANCE GRANTING FUND AID TO REPORTERS COVERING ANTI-CRIME OPERATION —————————– January 16, 2018 1. Financial aid from the government, local or national, has been occasionally granted and accepted by media. Acceptance by the…

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COMMENT ON PROPOSED ORDINANCE GRANTING FUND AID TO REPORTERS COVERING ANTI-CRIME OPERATION
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January 16, 2018

1. Financial aid from the government, local or national, has been occasionally granted and accepted by media. Acceptance by the individual beneficiary, however, depends solely on the recipient and his news organization. Internal rules of each newsroom apply. 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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Libel, ‘false’ news now carry stiffer fines

CCPC cautions journalists Libel now carries a higher penalty of fine, from the old rate of P200 to P6,000 to the new rate of P40,000 to P1.2 million. That is…

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CCPC cautions journalists

Libel now carries a higher penalty of fine, from the old rate of P200 to P6,000 to the new rate of P40,000 to P1.2 million.

That is the change that stands out under Republic Act 10951, which adjusted among others the fines imposed under the Revised Penal Code. The Senate bill authored by Sen. Franklin Drilon was signed into law by President Duterte last Aug. 29. Continue Reading

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