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Mocha Uson’s fake news is also PCOO’s fake news

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita The asst. secretary’s ‘arrangement’ with PCOO chief Andanar about her blog won’t work if his office doesn’t own responsibility for its content. At the Sept. 20 Senate hearing on the budget of Presidential Communication Operations Office for 2018, PCOO chief Martin Andanar […]

‘Reinventing’ PNA: it’s more than stopping serial errors

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita It’s not just a matter of the Philippines News Agency getting it right and avoiding mistakes in content. Much is expected from the government’s official news carrier. Last Sept. 8, when Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco was named to supervise the government-run Philippines […]

Ban on release of police spot report: not new but suspicious

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita It’s not ‘patently illegal’ as NUJP contends but it can make the job of beat reporters harder and it raises doubts about the real motive of police in controlling flow of information on crime incidents The information to the local media about […]

No new ‘fake news’ law yet; old penal code still applies

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita Villanueva bill is more specific and wider in scope. With its flaws though, it’s a good thing the Senate committee on public Information and mass media is reviewing it Confusion over a new fake news law was partly set off by a […]

Killing stories at Customs in Lacson’s Senate expose

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita While the senator didn’t give specific names, he accused journalists of colluding with p.r. outfits in downplaying or suppressing news that hurt the image of the bureau “Here’s the problem. Periodically, the headlines shout of yet another big tale of corruption at […]

Shoot down a lie on sight. Before people swallow it.

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita Even as the press must try hard to avoid misreporting or misjudgment and, when it occurs, own up the error and correct it [Related Media’s Public article: “Calling the lie what it is,” Jan. 28, 2017] U.S. President Donald Trump, in his […]

Suing radio broadcasters: tape/audio clip matters

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita In 2002, a Supreme Court ruling cleared Cebu radio commentator Choy Torralba of libel and gave a “tutorial” on how complainants may win a lawsuit against a radio commentator. In 2017, the same failure in evidence got Choy off the hook. [Related […]

‘Victim-less’ mistakes: just some bruise on media’s face

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita They may not hold the paper or broadcast station liable but may hurt the news outlet’s credibility A broadcaster in successive radio commentaries talked about “the end of the world” on a specific coming day, asking listeners to prepare themselves “spiritually” for […]

Leaker answers for the leak; press, for published material

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita Constitution’s free-speech, free-press and no-prior-restraint rules provide some guarantee. Still, prudence dictates against using a “bad leak” [Related Media’s Public column: “Leaks to the press not so bad,” Feb. 19, 2017] Donald Trump is not the first U.S. president afflicted by leaks. […]

2 broadcasters in legal trouble

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor SunStar Cebu and SunStar Superbalita Not for what they said on air: one, for what he wrote on Facebook; the other, for allegedly raping a girl who visited his radio station An A.M. radio station manager, Juniño Padilla of dyRC, is sued for libel because he allegedly […]