Against Disinformation

Posted by cmfr | Posted in In Medias Res | Posted on 22-02-2018

By Luis V. Teodoro THE DEMOCRACY and Disinformation Conference held last February 12 and 13 at the Ateneo de Manila University Rockwell campus in Makati City wasn’t exactly ignored by mainstream media. But not all media organizations seemed ready to report the event. With very few exceptions, only the media organizations that jointly organized the […]

Changing Owners, Changing Interests

Posted by cmfr | Posted in In Medias Res | Posted on 11-08-2017

By Luis V. Teodoro THE PRIETO family decision to sell its majority interests in the Inquirer media group to  business tycoon Ramon S. Ang,  president of San Miguel Corporation, the largest conglomerate in the country and a major advertiser, has understandably raised concerns among journalists, media advocacy groups and non-governmental organizations. It is also provoking […]

Curbing Fake News

Posted by cmfr | Posted in In Medias Res, Luis V. Teodoro | Posted on 03-07-2017

By Luis V. Teodoro THE DANGERS to free expression and press freedom of Senate Bill 1492, which would penalize any person, group or media organization that deliberately spreads “fake news,” are so apparent one wonders if its sponsor and supporters in the Senate have seriously considered its Constitutionality–or, for that matter, its potential impact on […]

The Media and Terrorism: Critical Failure in Critical Times

Posted by cmfr | Posted in In Medias Res, Luis V. Teodoro | Posted on 14-06-2017

By Luis V. Teodoro THE DIFFERENCE between the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) interpretation of the June 2 Resorts World Manila incident as a robbery attempt rather than an act of terrorism and that of House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, who said it was a terrorist deed,  is the result of the difference in their […]

The Media and Martial Law: Never Again

Posted by cmfr | Posted in Luis V. Teodoro | Posted on 31-05-2017

By Luis V. Teodoro PRESIDENT RODRIGO Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao thrusts upon the media several responsibilities. These include closely looking into the reasons for the declaration, monitoring its implementation towards making sure that the rights of  every citizen are not violated, and challenging any attempt to prolong  martial rule in Mindanao and to extend […]

After the Fact: Context is All

Posted by cmfr | Posted in In Medias Res, Luis V. Teodoro | Posted on 15-05-2017

By Luis V. Teodoro   LYING ABOUT issues and events of public concern has been going on for far longer than most people think. In a world  of untruth the news media have two major responsibilities:  that they don’t spread lies, and that, armed with the skepticism the power of the media to do harm […]

“Fake News”: Neither Rare nor New

Posted by cmfr | Posted in Luis V. Teodoro | Posted on 04-05-2017

By Luis V. Teodoro   PUBLIC INTEREST in “fake news” surged in 2016 when then candidate for United States President Donald Trump accused a reporter’s newspaper of disseminating false information.  President Trump  frequently accuses the liberal US news media, particularly The New York Times, of spreading lies about him and his administration. There are echoes […]

Reading Western Media

Posted by cmfr | Posted in In Medias Res, Luis V. Teodoro | Posted on 19-04-2017

By Luis V. Teodoro THE WESTERN media, according to one view, are the benchmarks of accuracy, fairness and impartiality. They are the watchdogs of government, the actions and policies  of which they  monitor in behalf of the citizenry so that the power delegated to the politicians by a sovereign people are neither abused nor used […]

Against Technicism

Posted by cmfr | Posted in Luis V. Teodoro | Posted on 27-03-2017

By Luis V. Teodoro IS THE journalist only a technician skilled in reporting the narratives of the powerful? Or are journalistic skills — the capacity to look for and to tell a story, and to momentarily engage viewers, listeners or readers — only part of the resources he or she needs  as a participant in […]

Reforming Government Media

Posted by cmfr | Posted in In Medias Res, Luis V. Teodoro | Posted on 20-03-2017

By Luis V. Teodoro   THE REFORM of the government media system mostly consisting of radio and television  networks has  been tried at least once.  But an announcement of the government intention to do so also came much later, after three administrations– the Ramos, Estrada and Arroyo regimes– had come and gone. After the EDSA […]