PEDDLING “freedom and responsibility” using the language of ignorance is worthless. By this principle we denounce in the strongest possible terms the claims of “concerned writers from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao” who are behind the “Freedom and Responsibility” letter being circulated online.
For starters, to insinuate that Rappler’s day-to-day activities fall under the sway of its foreign investors is to cast doubt and aspersion without evidence. As writers presumably with feathers on your cap, you should know better than to spread rumors.
As for your question, “whose interest does Rappler serve?” a quick glance at the series of investigative reports--from Palparan’s bloody footsteps to the war on drugs--will show you there is more freedom and responsibility in their narratives than in your subtle expletives disguised as call to arms.
If anything, your letter despairs of the very things you feign to fight for, fully ignoring your benefactors’ violations of the Constitution, to say nothing of the chief provision of the Bill of Rights: the right to life.
Thousands have fallen by the hands of your benefactors without due process, and that’s just for starters.
How much intended ignorance can one bring to his or her bed at night, ignoring all but the issues that serve their interests? What peculiar interest is to be found in siding with oppressors?
Journalism, while imperfect, and while pushed to a corner, continues to struggle for its rights and the rights of everyone, including your own. To speak. To share. To engage and debate.
To write.--Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity