Best protection of journalists: A community that understands role of media
At a consultation meeting on safety of journalists organized by the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication November last year, former Dean of UP College of Mass Communication Luis V. Teodoro, now chairperson of AlterMidya, said there is a need for media to explain to the communities the role that journalists play in society and in the strengthening of democracy.
A community that understands the role of media in their daily life is the most effective safeguard for journalists.
This has become urgent in the light of harassments and the demonization being waged against media groups and individual journalists by powerful forces.
This week, there were stories that came out in the tabloids tagging the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) as a communist front based on a story of a certain “Ka Ernesto,” who claimed to be a former member and supposedly “admitted” that the organization had links to Communist Party of the Philippines founder Jose Ma. Sison.
NUJP at first laughed off what it called was a “stupid” allegation. “It is hilarious that they keep repeating these charges since the NUJP’s membership represents a broad spectrum of creeds and political beliefs bound by a common dedication to defending and expanding the bounds of freedom of the press and of expression,” the NUJP statement said.
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