Was The Media To Blame For The August 23 Hostage Bloodbath?
President Benigno Aquino III deserves our highest respect because he was man enough to assume full responsibility for the bloody event that earned our country much-deserved shame.
Kudos also to the President for rejecting the Quisumbing Bill – the you-got-to-be-kidding and are-you-on-drugs? proposal that will empower the power tripping police to “control” the news during a crisis event.
Malacañang’s stand is that we will restrain freedom of expression,” says Sec. Hermino Coloma. “We should keep in mind that we fought for freedom to express what’s on our mind in this country.”
The Constitution is clear on Article III Section 4: “No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press, or the right of people to assemble and petition the government for redress of grievances.”
2Rivers fully supports the statement of the Center For Media Freedom and Responsibility:
“The media must oppose any attempt at legislated journalism ethics, which is a patent contradiction in terms, journalism ethics being a matter of voluntary compliance.”
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