The press in Philippine society

By Luis V. Teodoro

ONE OF the unique characteristics of the Philippine media situation is the readiness of media organizations and individuals to defend their rights as media practitioners as well as press freedom in general. The class suit media advocacy groups, journalists’ organizations and media professionals filed in 2006 against Jose Miguel Arroyo in response to his use of the criminal libel law to harass the press is one indication of this capacity for self-defense. Another is the press community’s near-unanimous opposition to the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.