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Seares: PCOO defends serial errors: ‘it can happen to the best news organization’
Pachico A. Seares
/ from June 29, 2018
WHEN last June 13, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) in a press release identified Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian as “Sen. Winston Gatchalian,” it was not the first blunder that exploded on the state agency’s face.Two days before that, on June 11, PCOO’s press statement expressing condolence on the death of ...
Seares: Media can help in curbing abuse in ‘tambays’ campaign
/ from June 23, 2018
PRESIDENT Duterte talked about arresting loiterers or “tambays” on street-sides and public places last Sept. 18, 2017. But it is only this week that police began cracking down in a massive scale on vagrants, resulting in the arrest of more than 3,000 people in Metro Manila, with similar campaigns in ...
Seares: Is fake news protected speech? Law defining fake news is crucial
/ from June 16, 2018
“Is fake news, as defined by CCPC (Cebu Citizens-Press Council), unprotected speech? Can fake news be regulated by post-publication penalty?”-- Wayne Agramon, University of Cebu law student, in an e-mailWHEN Harry Roque, presidential spokesman, tangled with Sen. Grace Poe on Senate Bill #1680 proposing to punish the publication of false ...
Seares: Media coverage of courts may not be getting better
/ from June 01, 2018
A SERIES of “Hustisya Natin” training sessions on “monitoring the judiciary” held last year in the cities of Baguio, Iloilo, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Bacolod did not just take up the usual problems of media coverage of the justice system. The project pushed further the need for collaboration ...
Seares: News leaks: leakers are liable but journalists bear risk too
/ from May 26, 2018
A WHITE HOUSE aide commented last May 13 that they need not mind cancer-victim Sen. John McCain (Rep.-Arizona), who had opposed the appointment of Gina Haspel as the U.S. first woman CIA chief, saying “he’s going to die anyway.” Soon enough, the cruel remark was leaked, drawing flak from the ...
Seares: Journalists can’t be sued just anywhere the article is accessed
/ from May 18, 2018
THE Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (Republic Act #10175) has worsened the lot of journalists or anyone else whose published material is made the basis of a complaint for libel.To those working in the news media, that means most of them. Complainants would prefer to sue under the anti-cyber crime ...
Seares: The follow-up: neglecting or misusing a journalism tool
/ from May 11, 2018
IT’S a journalism jargon that news consumers understand: the story or feature that follows the reporting of an event. The follow-up may be the second-day, third-day and so-forth piece on the same or related subject.It’s often neglected -- unused or misused. A pity since it serves purposes other than giving ...
Seares: Legitimate media as source of fake news
/ from May 04, 2018
FACEBOOK chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg has identified as fake news “promoters” these three: spammers or unethical advertisers, state actors, and legitimate media.And legitimate media, he said, pose the “most challenging” threat. Spammers may be removed although it could take time and diligence. State actors like Russia and other countries ...
Seares: Robredo, Sitoy on ‘fake news’: did Tiglao, Rappler fabricate?
/ from April 28, 2018
Related Media’s Public column: “’Unpatriotic journalists’: Tiglao blasts ‘false writers’ abroad” (Nov. 24, 2017)TWO public officials complained about “fake news” this week: Vice President Leni Robredo on April 23 called out as “fake news” the item in Rigoberto Tiglao’s column in “Manila Times” that she talked with European Parliament officials during ...
Seares: Is campus press less free than ‘pro’ media? Each has its limits.
/ from April 21, 2018
[John Cavin M. Sabonsolin, a liberal arts teacher of Naval State University and working on his M.A. in media studies at USJ-R, raised the question to a number of working journalists.]THE Campus Journalism Act (Republic Act 7079) declares that it is the policy of the state “to uphold and protect ...