8th! 8th! 8th! students’ file, vol. 8


  1. cecille | Views of Student (Cecille) 9
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    Media Ethics and Law (M230)
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Decriminalization of LibelFacing the scenarios of the never-ending battles between the press and the politicians, I think it is wise to decriminalize libel because of the way the politicians abuse the protection provided by the libel law and their constant harassment of journalist. However, decriminalization of libel may result on the abuse of people to use the media as an outlet [as what most politicians do] to degrade others as well as journalist to abuse their freedom of expression because there will be no restrictions. For this reason,it is recommendable to amend the existing libel law just to enforce limitations in filing libel cases so as public officials and public figures to pointlessly file cases against media personnel.Jan 16, 2:37 PM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — “First Couple’s Idea of Charity” Views of (Noemi) Student 8

  1. cecille

“So I See” Views of Student (Cecille) 8
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Quote “The escort told the supervisor who is Vietnamese-American, to provide special treatment to the VIP with him. The VIP, who happens to be quite a big guy, told the supervisor he does not want to be subjected to secondary screening.” Quote “Here in the Philippines, one of the most profitable operations has to do with the gaming monopoly. On top of all these is a government-owned corporation which is managed by a CEO straight out of the stable of this extraordinary gentleman called El Esposo Gordo”Quote “Someone flew from Hong Kong last Friday morning via nation’s flag carrier…he was accompanied by his son and his wife…father brought with him a big black bag.
When flight attendants offered to bring the big black bag to stowage area so that he could relax in comfort…the big gentleman refused. Stewards and stewardess looked at themselves wondering what was inside the big black bag… “E di ano pa?” said one to the other”
These were just some of the statements from the articles written in the column “So I See” by Lito Banayo in The Daily Tribune dated July 21, 23, 25 and August 11, 13 and 15 year 2003. For me, I think these articles are just honest criticisms of the lifestyle and works of a public figure, in this case, the First Gentleman, Mike Arroyo. The articles are not libelous since there were no defamatory words which might dishonor the reputation of the First Gentleman. The author may have called him names but he stopped using such names and I quote “It’s the guy who I will from now on stop referring to as el esposo gordo”.
Therefore, the author and the newspaper is not liable to libel and need not to apologize as media people are free to give their commentaries to the activities of a public figure.
Jan 16, 1:59 PM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — “First Couple’s Idea of Charity” Views of (Noemi) Student 8student no#2 -migz (unedited by blog administrator)
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Title:“How do you solve a problem like Mike Arroyo?”
by: William Esposo
= As I have reviewed the charges against Esposo I can see that the article is not libelous, first of all; FG Arroyo is a public figure and his life is a public interest. therefore he should be cautious of his action so that her wife will not will be in trouble. I surf the internet and found this reasonable results at Pinoy Press (http://pinoypress.net/2006/12/01/unified-press-petition-vs-mike-arroyo/)1.Very clearly, the article constitutes fair commentary on a matter of public interest. It even falls within the category of constructive criticism of the administration, and cannot be considered libelous.2.Yet again, despite the nature of the article—fair commentary on a matter of public interest—and despite the limitations observed by the journalist, who touched only on the public life of a public figure, Defendant still filed a libel case against Plaintiff William Esposo for the above article thereby impinging on his freedom and causing him damage.3.These are just some of the members of Philippine press who have been sued by Defendant for making fair commentaries and reports on his public life. There are many others. In fact, since 2003, Defendant has filed a flurry of libel cases against 43 journalists, and is claiming for an amount of at least P141,000,000.00 in damages, all for fair comments made by them on matters of public interest. And from all indications, he will continue filing cases against members of the press who publish criticisms against him, no matter how valid they may be.“Rehabilitating highly controversial First Gentleman Mike Arroyo’s battered image may well be the 2004-2010 Macapagal-Arroyo administration’s first major blunder. This contrasts with the well-conceived tactic that stashed Mike Arroyo away and muted him well before the campaign period started. “Presidential Spokesman Toting Bunye had asserted that since Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo no longer faces another election and therefore no more threat of political mudslinging, the coast is clear for Mike Arroyo to re-surface. But a man like Mike Arroyo is a human lightning rod—everything he is and does is so grossly conspicuous that anyone who takes aim very likely makes a hit.(xxx)“Going back to Mike Arroyo, when I was still adviser for then senator Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 1996 to 1997—this was during her aborted run for the 1998 presidency—I had advised the arroyo couple that Mike had to be wary of the Imelda Syndrome. The Imelda Syndrome marks every presidential spouse as the prime suspect for abuse and wrongdoing in the tradition started by Imelda Marcos, regardless of whether or not there is basis. When I agreed to advise Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for her 1998 bid for the presidency, I was among many others who believed that she was the one who could thwart the chances of a dreaded Estrada presidency. However, I was surprised at the negative feedback from friends when they learned that I took on that advisory role. Much of the negative feedback centered more on Mike Arroyo rather that the candidate herself. The negative feedback focused a lot on the very type of issues hounding Mike Arroyo these days. Unfortunately, the nation’s experience of three years or so of the Macapagal-Arroyo had only succeeded in reinforcing Mike arroyo’s Imelda Syndrome. Whether or not he deserves it, Mike Arroyo has indeed become the single biggest liability of the Macapagal-Arroyo Administration. It has gotten so bad that whenever there is smoke people would say there is Mike. During the elections long count, how many times have we heard of Mike Arroyo sightings in Mindanao allegedly orchestrating cheating operations? How many corruption scandals dragged the name of Mike arroyo despite the absence of a clear direct link? = I posed the excerpt of the info I have found in the net so that people might as well review the case. We all know that this article is a contructive criticism for the administration and yet the author was charged libel. the elements of libel is not found on the said article. let the “just” court rule the decision but please let the people express the truth so that the public will be protected by giving them the rights to know what is realy going on in their environment. this should serve as a lesson for public figures and as a tool to epower freedom of speech. as for me, the article is not libelous.Jan 16, 1:39 PM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Aboutstudent no#2 -migz (unedited by blog administrator)
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Decriminalizing libel lawThis is advantageous on both parties,the part of the media practitioners and the pulic figures (government officials, tv personality, etc…). lets put it this way, when the real public figures goes to office without any mentality of corruption or bad actuation they can perform their duties verry well without needing to be criticized by the media people. then this public figures will be more cautious on their on their duties for they can be seen freely by the media people. on the other hand law makers may see this as an avenue for press freedom abuse, but believe it or not, it will not be an aenue for abuse but rather an avenue were press people can protect the public interest without the fear of being preosecuted by means of trial using the influence of this public figures. remember that the media is the fourth state and the watchdog for the people. therefore decriminalizing libel will favor not just the public figures and the media practitioner but rather it will promote the common good of an ordinary citizen of the state by letting them see, hear, know what is really going on his environment. so I am in favor of decriminalizing libel law because this will let the press people function verry well and same is with the public figures.Jan 16, 12:33 PM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Live coverage of horse races: review by a student

  1. student no#2 -migz | (unedited by blog administrator)
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    UP College of Mass Communication

Decriminalizing libel lawThis is advantageous on both parties,the part of the media practitioners and the pulic figures (government officials, tv personality, etc…). lets put it this way, when the real public figures goes to office without any mentality of corruption or bad actuation they can perform their duties verry well without needing to be criticized by the media people. then this public figures will be more cautious on their on their duties for they can be seen freely by the media people. on the other hand law makers may see this as an avenue for press freedom abuse, but believe it or not, it will not be an aenue for abuse but rather an avenue were press people can protect the public interest without the fear of being preosecuted by means of trial using the influence of this public figures. remember that the media is the fourth state and the watchdog for the people. therefore decriminalizing libel will favor not just the public figures and the media practitioner but rather it will promote the common good of an ordinary citizen of the state by letting them see, hear, know what is really going on his environment. so I am in favor of decriminalizing libel law because this will let the press people function verry well and same is with the public figures.Jan 16, 12:22 PM —

  1. logan7 (student number 7) | from logan7 student number 7 (Media 230)

WHY LIBEL SHOULD NOT BE DECRIMINALIZEDLike in any other organization, there are scalawags in the media profession and this, I think, is one of the reasons why this move must be opposed. Decriminalizing libel would not only serve as a license for these erring journalists to further their wrong practiceS but also boost the wrong impression among arrogant practitioners that press freedom is absolute in the country.While it is true that the decriminalization of libel would make journalists more free and aggressive in the conduct of their duty of being a watchdog of the government, the danger, however, would certainly shift on the basic concept of responsible journalism. The inclusion therefore of the libel law in the Revised Penal Code serves as a check and balance on the power of the press and a constant reminder on the media practitioners to be responsible, accurate and fair in reporting at all times.There is nothing wrong with the status quo, that is, the criminal liability in the libel law. In fact, while there a number of cases filed against media practitioners, most of these cases usually do not thrive and as far as I know, only a very few journalists, if not none, were sent to jail over libel charges. The same is true on libel cases involving non-media practitioners.Also, the problem with decriminalizing libel is that the concept of fighting one’s honor and reputation would be reduced to mere issue of money. There are some people who would prefer seeing those who defamed them in jail rather receive huge sum of money and this must be taken into consideration on all the arguments concerning this issue.Jan 16, 11:10 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — parody

  1. STUDENT NUMBER 6 | STUDENT NUMBER 6
    JOURNALISM 192 MWX
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Kris’ ‘hubby’ files Senate candidacyNo, James Yap isn’t running for Senator. Manila Standard published a story today which appeared in page A3 that has a headline ‘Kris ‘hubby’ files Senate candidacy’. Admittedly, after I’ve read that headline, the first person who came to my mind was James Yap. As we all know, Kris Aquino is the most popular ‘Kris’ in town. The ‘hubby’ the article was talking about was not James Yap, but a person named Daniel Magtira, who the article described as ‘a 47-year-old man who claims to be the husband of TV host-actress Kris Aquino”. It was also written in the article that he was officially nominated by Ilocos Norte representative Imee Marcos and Boy Abunda. He’s also a rock star, singer and composer, and an automotive electronic technician from Valenzuela city.The whole article, however, wasn’t all about Magtira. It was about those who already filed their candidacy and whose certificates were accepted by Comelec, including Oliver Lozano, Melchor Chavez, Rommel Pinera and Theodore Aquino.I think Manila Standard’s headline has the ‘human interest’ angle, but it misleads the readers. In the Journalists’ Code of Ethics, it was written that journalists “must interpret the news taking care not to suppress the facts nor to distort the truth by omission or improper emphasis”. It was indeed giving improper emphasis on Daniel Magtira, especially because he claimed that he was Kris Aquino’s husband. If you read the entire article (see http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=politics2_jan16_2007), you’ll see that there were even more information said about Oliver Lozano than Daniel Magtira. Manila Standard Today may argue that they had used that headline for the sake of being striking.
Should the article be all about Daniel Magtira, it might be justifiable. But the article isn’t just about him. And he is no James Yap.
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  1. noemi | Views of Student (Noemi) 8
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Decriminalization of libelI am certainly in favor of decriminalizing libel with the possible substitution of a law that would endeavor to protect ordinary citizens against undue character defamation while at the same not serving as a tool to harass, intimidate or threaten legitimate journalists and other members of the mass media profession. It would also do well likewise, if such a substitution would not be practicable, to consider amending existing libel laws so as to impose strict and rigorous restrictions in the filing of libel cases against media personnel. Likewise, it may have helpful effects if libel laws will be amended or substituted to make it difficult for public personalities such as politicians, government officials, actors and actresses and other similar celebrities to indiscriminately file cases against media personnel.It seems today that libel is becoming a nuisance since anybody is filing libel to anyone. Prominent personalities also need to accept the fact that they are no longer private citizens and the price of fame and being a public figure would necessarily invite both positive and negative comments from the public and maybe expressed in the media. Since these personalities owe it to the public, it is only reasonable that the people know their actions. Unfortunately, journalists tend to become anxious and watchful to issues that are unquestionably needed to be released. Libel cases are impairing the exercise of freedom of speech and of the press.Jan 16, 5:57 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — “First Couple’s Idea of Charity” Views of (Noemi) Student 8

  1. Roma Agsalud | Hi ma’am. Sorry. I had a hard time figuring out how to make my own blog in your site.

I will repost it if needed and I will post again later for the decrimilization blog. Later, I will also post links for my personal blog and I will put both entries there. Thank you.Jan 16, 5:17 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — For day and evening students

  1. Roma Agsalud | poodoochieroma@yahoo.com | MASAKIT, GANON TALAGA!
    Ma. Roma C. Agsalud
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    January 16, 2007
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    In my opinion, the libel case filed by First Gentleman Mike Arroyo against:a. JP Lopez (reporter)
    b. Regina Bengco (reporter)
    c. Amado Macasaet (publisher)
    d. Enrique Romualdez (executive director)
    e. Joy De Los Reyes (editor-in-chief)
    f. Ma. Teresa Molina (managing editor)
    g. Mimie Advincula (news editor)
    h. Ellen Tordesillas (chief of reporters)
    of Malaya for the May 19, 2004 article entitled, “Poe’s Camp says Mike is Chief Cheating Operator” will be very hard to defend based on similar precedents that have ruled in favor of the press. In Tordesilla’s blog, she quoted Mike Arroyo’s complaint against the article.In his complaint, Arroyo said the “insinuations and imputation the said accused well knew were false and without foundation whatsoever highly libelous and offensive and derogatory to the good name, character and reputation of Jose Miguel Arroyo , and that said article in the Malaya newspaper was solely written, published and exhibited by the said accused for no other purpose than to malign complainant’s integrity, good name and character as in fact he was so exposed to public hatred, dishonor, discredit, contempt and ridicule.” His complaint’s main argument is that the article is INDEED, MALICIOUS. In general libel cases, every defamation or imputation is presumed malicious and is actionable. However, in cases where statements are considered privileged communication, as in this case, presumption of malice is removed. The article is considered privileged for a number of reasons.1. Since it involves the press and the concept of privileged communication is implicit in the freedom of the press. This argument has been upheld in cases such as Elizalde v. Gutierrez and Santos v. Court of Appeals. 2. Being the First Gentleman, he becomes a public figure and any discreditable imputation to him as a public person in his public capacity is not necessarily actionable as in the cases of the New York Times v Sullivan and Ayers Production Pty. Ltd. V Capulong. 3. Even if Mike Arroyo argues that he is not a public figure, the article still qualifies as privileged communication since it tackled issues of allegedly massive election cheating operations during the previous presidential elections. This topic is of national interest and therefore, privileged.For Arroyo’s case to prosper, it needs to PROVE that the article was malicious. To prove that it was made with reckless disregard for truth, then it would have to show that there was already an established fact regarding the past presidential elections that was deliberately ignored by the author. However, we all know that the Hello Garci Controversy was never resolved and that the only statement we got from our President is “I am sorry.” To show that it was malicious, the author must know that the statements were false but decided to proceeding with the article. Again, unless the truth is revealed, no one would really know which statements are false. In addition, it would be very difficult for Arroyo to show that the defendants wrote, published, and exhibited the article for the sole purpose of maligning his integrity since the article was made without comment from the author and was simply informing the public of the opinions of the opposition. Every paragraph of the article started with “____said” and every paragraph was quoted from a statement made by someone that was not anonymous and was, in fact, properly identified.Having to endure public ridicule and criticism is part of a public figure’s life and is something that he/she must accept as part of his role in society. Arroyo who is complaining about how the article has maligned his integrity and good reputation has no other choice but to endure it, unless he is really able to present concrete proof that it was made with ill will.
    To end my entry, let me quote the famous words of Mr. Justice Malcolm in US v Bustos,
    “The interest of society and the maintenance of good governance demand a full discussion of public affairs. Complete liberty to comment on the conduct of public men is a scalpel in the case of free speech. The sharp incision of its probe relieves the abscesses of officialdom. Men in public life may suffer under a hostile and unjust accusation; the wound may assuaged by the balm of a clear conscience. A public official must not be too thin-skinned with reference to comments upon his official acts.”References:Tordesillas, Ellen. Making Life Worth Living, “Updates on Mike Arroyo’s libel case” in http://www.ellentordesillas.com/?p=580 posted on October 16, 2006 at 11:45 pm.Supreme Court Reports Annotated Vol 301, January 14, 1999, pg. 5, 7, 22Jan 16, 5:11 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — For day and evening students
  2. cj | The Past and the Present
    (Opinion about the decriminalization of libel)
    By: Student # 3-cj
    (Unedited by blog administrator)
    For the purpose of fulfilling the requirements of Media Ethics and Law
    (M230)
    UP College of Mass Communication

Before, being a journalist in the Philippines seems to be one of the greatest and fulfilling jobs on earth.Not anymore.Today, I’ve observed, most of the journalists here in our country have been sued for libel not because they had written or said untruthful facts but because of the undercover stories and assignments they had revealed to the concerned public.Libel law is not primarily implemented anymore as a protection for one’s reputation but it is now frequently used by political officials to control the independent press and to intimidate and cast fear to journalists.Because of such, I support the decriminalization of libel mainly because of what the public officials specifically; FG Arroyo had done to our media.I believe that outdating this law would remove the shield of protection given to such powerful and power tripper public officials who use libel to stop the democratic right of the press in informing the citizens.It would also strengthen our eroding press freedom and democracy and would make our journalists more inspired and encouraged as they continue to fight their right as government watchdogs, defenders of truth and advocates of fair play.But still, the way I see it now, chances of approving the bill (decriminalization of libel) by the congressmen are slim.As what human rights lawyer Theodore Te had said when asked about his opinion regarding the decriminalization of such law “ Depende sa mood ng mga congressmen, but it will be quite hard, because they are often times the one suing people for libel.”Quite true I guess.
I strongly agree with him.
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  1. student 6 | hi ma’am… posted my blog on the decriminalization of the libel law today. here’s the link: http://psychogoddess.wordpress.com/

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  1. noemi | Decriminalization of libel
    Views of (Noemi) Student 8
    Unedited by the Blog Administrator
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    Media Ethics and Law (M230)
    UP College of Mass Communication
    I am certainly in favor of decriminalizing libel with the possible substitution of a law that would endeavor to protect ordinary citizens against undue character defamation while at the same not serving as a tool to harass, intimidate or threaten legitimate journalists and other members of the mass media profession. It would also do well likewise, if such a substitution would not be practicable, to consider amending existing libel laws so as to impose strict and rigorous restrictions in the filing of libel cases against media personnel. Likewise, it may have helpful effects if libel laws will be amended or substituted to make it difficult for public personalities such as politicians, government officials, actors and actresses and other similar celebrities to indiscriminately file cases against media personnel.It seems today that libel is becoming a nuisance since anybody is filing libel to anyone. Prominent personalities also need to accept the fact that they are no longer private citizens and the price of fame and being a public figure would necessarily invite both positive and negative comments from the public and maybe expressed in the media. Since these personalities owe it to the public, it is only reasonable that the people know their actions. Unfortunately, journalists tend to become anxious and watchful to issues that are unquestionably needed to be released. Libel cases are impairing the exercise of freedom of speech and of the press.Jan 14, 4:07 AM — [ Edit | Delete | Unapprove | Approve | Spam ] — Produce your own bio-pic, make it a melodrama
  2. noemi |

“First Couple’s Idea of Charity”
Views of (Noemi) Student 8
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UP College of Mass Communication
The article “First Couple’s Idea of Charity” published on the business insight column by Amado Macasaet of Malaya dated July 9, 2004 is merely an explanation of what happened to Ms. Juno, sister of a PSG member. The column only specified how a PSG member tried to contact the First Gentleman, hoping to get help for his ailing sister. “Weeks after the elections, a kind-hearted man tried to get in touch with Mike Arroyo in the hope of getting assistance for Rowena Juno, sister of a member of the Presidential Security Guard. Juno has been in excruciating pain at the V.Luna Medical Center, suffering from brain cancer. The executive assistant of Mike Arroyo promised P10,000.00 but the money never came.”It is not libelous at all. There are clearly no signs of malice and defamation. It even mentioned that Mike Arroyo’s assistant was the one who promised the money and not the First Gentleman himself. I believe that Malaya is certainly not liable to libel and need not apologize or explain anything. “Politicians are the most charitable people on this planet. While they are campaigning. After they win, they become tight-fisted. And the money may not even be theirs”. This part is still not libelous. It is simply an opinion and literally, the First Gentleman is not even a politician. Mike Arroyo need not sue the publisher or the business editor for libel, if he believes that his reputation has been damaged by the article, he can simply release his own statement regarding the issue. Apparently, FG is a prominent person, the husband of the President and it is inevitable that he will be written about.Jan 14, 4:06 AM —

  1. Reylee G. Melendres |

SERVICE IS THE GAME
By: Reylee Melendres/ Student 16
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There are two important elements in any form of media, space and time.We know how the world stopped during Manny Pacquiao and Eric Morales face off round in Las Vegas. There were few vehicles in the street, which showed how we prioritized the final encounter of the two prominent boxing personas. The flow of transportation was smooth at that time, almost no people around.Pacquiao’s victory last Nov. 19 is another milestone for the Filipinos that is why for almost a week, Pakman is the star in the print and broadcast media.I watched TV Patrol (ABS CBN) the 6:30 pm telecast last Friday, Nov. 24, and being aware of Pacquiao’s arrival from Las Vegas, I was also expecting that this would be the highlight of the news but not exactly the only subject of the whole segment.As a part of KBP code of ethics (Part E), we value the airing of this event to support nationalism and development. In fact, (Part E #3) states that program shall continually strive to use predominantly Filipino creative resources, talents and program content.The coverage of Manny Pacquiao’s arrival which consumed almost three-fourth of the TV patrol segment seemed to overlook other important news that concern the public. From the beginning and even at the middle part are interruptions on some news to give way to the coverage of Pacquiao’s welcome party.What does it look like? Those other new became commercial/advertisement to Pacquiao’s story. It would be a lot better if they say “ TV Patrol Special Welcome the People’s Champ”, at least the televiewers would know that most of what they can get on that particular time were all about Pacquiao. Well, even SAKSI (GMA7) did almost the same thing.Both TV Patrol and SAKSI are TV news programs and according to KBP TV Code of Ethics (3.3 of News Reporting), “Editors and deskmen should be diligent in their supervision/evaluation of content, format and presentation of news. “ It appeared that they sensationalized Pacquiao’s life being the hero of the sensationalized Pacquiao’s life being the hero of the mass. I thought after giving much time, that would be the end of the coverage but then, on Nov. 29, TV Patrol covered Pacquiao giving shoes to his farm workers.The competition in broadcast media is really tight but sacrificing the content and format of the news should not be the case. Journalists’ role is to serve the public and it is not only for entertainment’s sake. They work not only for public interests but also for public needs, the needs that are vital to elevate the quality of living.If marketability is our first priority, no doubt why even the quality of print media suffer. How pathetic the Philippines Press is having no sufficient fund but isn’t it more pathetic to see a tabloid which is the only affordable print media, to have a big cigarette advertisement in the news page> The news article turned to be the advertisement’s border design. Look at (page 5 of People’s Journal Vol. XXVIII No. 328, Wed, Nov. 29, 06 or better yet visit its website, www.journal.com.ph ) and you’ll understand what I’m referring to. It’s not a matter of being a broadsheet or a tabloid, but the fact that it carries the title of print media is a significant thing to consider.It is important to earn for publication’s expenses because different forms of media need profit to keep on functioning. That’s the reason why there’s space for advertisement or even time allotted for entertainment news in broadcast media. Taking advantage and being dependent for profit sake can lead to conflict of interest which can affect the worth of the media’s content (Part II of the Expanded Code of Ethics).It’s hard to play with various forms of media being both profit-source and tool for information but we must bear in mind that service is the reason behind media formation. The quality of service determines what kind of media organization we belong; enough to be the basis of judgment if we deserve the trust of the people.***Jan 8, 1:54 PM —

  1. Live coverage of horse races: posted by student « notes of marichu c. lambino | […] posted by student Published January 7th, 2007 Uncategorized Kristine Felisse Mangunay Jan 4th, 2007 at 5:27 pm Gambling made easy By: Kristine Felisse Mangunay/ Student Number 8 Student number 8 (unedited by […]

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  1. Kristine Felisse Mangunay |

Gambling made easy
By: Kristine Felisse Mangunay/ Student Number 8 Student number 8
(unedited by blog administrator)
Winners Circle Productions Incorporated picks up the live coverage of horse races held in the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. The network broadcasts this on channel 78 (for Skycable subscribers), also known as the Karera Channel. The results of each race are flashed occasionally on screen, for those who have been unlucky enough to miss any of the events. The typical lines of broadcasters include “Just go ahead and buy your tickets”, while a screaming “Last call to place your bets!” is occasionally seen on TV.
As “useful” as this may seem to fans though, the live coverage of these races constitute a blatant disregard for the ethical rules set by the Kapisanan ng Brodkaster sa Pilipinas. The KBP TV Code explicitly states that “the coverage of HORSERACING, cockfighting, jai-alai and all forms of gambling, legal or illegal shall not be allowed”.
The reason for this prohibition is simple, really. Televised programs of events such as these may, directly or indirectly, induce viewers to engage in excessive gambling. The activities of potential gamblers and gamblers are thus reinforced by these kinds of programs. In this particular case for instance, many Skycable subscribers who do not engage in gambling activities still run the risk of being exposed to them.
The KBP sees this as too serious a violation it orders a corresponding 7,000 peso fine for the first offense, to be paid by the station; 10,000 for the second and 20, 000 for the third, not to mention of course the written reprimands or suspensions meted to the announcer, the number of months of which depends on the number of times the violation has been committed.
While it is clear that there is an attempt to cater to a different and unique kind of audience, it is still the network’s responsibility to self-regulate. And that, of course, means not taking advantage of airtime to encourage these types of activities.
Who wants a nation of gamblers anyway?
LinksTV Code:
http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:0WaAViBIiisJ:www.kbp.org.ph/tvCode_W_formatd_rtf.rtf+KBP+tv+code&hl=tl&gl=ph&ct=clnk&cd=1
A shot of the Karera Channel by student number 8:
http://photos.yahoo.com/fmangunay
Recorded from the Karera Channel by student number 8:
http://video.yahoo.com/video/play?vid=a8d6124539992cf3adbaeec6fb5d30a5.1603205&vback=Studio&vdone=http%3A%2F%2Fvideo.yahoo.com%2Fvideo%2Fstudio%3Fei%3DUTF-8
Jan 4, 5:27 PM

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