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When to drop the camera and save a life

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita The photojournalist is at times faced with conflicting choices: doing his job or rescuing a human being from death Abd Alkader Habak, a photographer covering the Syrian war, last week was at the scene when a bomb hit a convoy of buses […]

Duterte’s blast on newspaper ‘slant’

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita The president complains of media overdoing its ‘antagonism’ “Look at the Inquirer. They are the ones saying that I am killing the poor. That son-of-a b**** is bull****. The poor will be killed. Look at how they slant the stories.” –President Duterte […]

Complaint vs. Inquirer, ABS-CBN

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita Duterte rants on ‘corrupt and unfair’ media and its ‘oligarch’ owners When President Duterte last June 4 declared a boycott on media, following his May 31 blast on media corruption and virtual endorsement of killing corrupt journalists he didn’t name any news […]

Mainstream media, Mocha Uson

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita MBC and DZRH serve notice that broadcast values still apply in their newsroom When dzRH radio, owned by Manila Broadcasting Co., suspended indefinitely a commentary program by Mocha Uson, President Duterte’s “supporter and propagandist,” it set off some ripples in the media […]

‘Destabilizers’ and ‘deep state’

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita ‘Threats’ on Duterte, Trump show parallels. And media unavoidably would’ve a part in reporting the clash Palace spokespersons dispute most criticisms of President Duterte as acts of destabilization: more recently, opposition of the mining industry to his environment and natural resources secretary, […]

Andanar ducks after fallout

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita Separate incidents, with Senate reporters and Malacañang Press Corps, showed how a publicist can get maimed and recover [Related: “How a publicist can screw up,” Media’s Public, Feb. 25, 2017] Two incidents, a month or so apart, showed how a high-powered publicist, […]

Fewer news reports of acquittals?

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita RTC Executive Judge Gilbert Moises tells why a ruling of “not guilty” deserves to be published Cebu Regional Trial Court Judge Gilbert Moises asked at a media forum last week why the press usually doesn’t report acquittal of a person accused of […]

How a publicist can screw up

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita Andanar shows what not to do in discrediting accusations about his client [Related: “When a news source slams or even curses the press,” Media’s Public, June 8, 2013] Even Martin Andanar, press secretary and presidential communications officer, must realize by now that […]

Leaks to the press not so bad

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita [Cebu] Not when they expose wrongdoing or avert disaster in governance U.S. President Donald Trump was fuming over the leak of information to the media that brought down his senior security adviser Mike Flynn and other unfortunate events that embarrassed his less-than-a-month-old […]

Why Tomas shot down FOI ordinance

By Pachico A. Seares Public & Standards Editor Sun.Star Cebu and Sun.Star Superbalita [Cebu] Mayor Osmeña may issue an executive order instead. To avoid confusion and duplication, he said [Related article: Concerns of Cebu Journalists on Local FOIs, Media’s Public, Dec. 3, 2016) It was the classic “I-am-all-for-it-but” pitch of those who refuse a proposal […]