Friday , June 22, 2018

Media: Are they free?

THE media is the primary source of information that keeps the public informed.

Nowadays, the media has gone further than the conventional media forms have ever reached.

But do we really know about how media works?

Most of us would say that media is just all about print, TV, and the Internet. Perhaps some of us would say that money comes so easy in the media business. But behind all those latest media we have now are the people who give their hundred percent effort and even give their lives just to serve and inform the public.

Gagged, threatened, killed - these are what journalists have to deal and live with. Freedom among journalists is not easy to come by. Censorship and killing of journalists are still rampant. News that are flashed on television, written on newspapers, and posted online are about journalists who risked their lives in the line of duty.

Justice may never be served in this country but the truth shall prevail. Cases about murdered journalists are still pending in court with no progress at all. Families of the victims are still hoping that someday there will be a change of system of justice.

Maybe this time reform has not yet come but someday it will. (Prince Simon Canda)


These essays are students’ reflections on media freedom and suppression. Prince Simon is a student of Ateneo de Davao University.