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[Right-up] Pulling the Trigger: Serving Translucent Information Amidst Threats -by Kristian Rivera

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Pulling the Trigger: Serving Translucent Information Amidst Threats
by: Kristian Rivera

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Journalists around the world are facing new threats as they document the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 2,166,440 people globally, stated by World Health Organization (WHO). The COVID-19 pandemic is pulling the strings and cracking up the whip reality, a surprise stress test to every democratic state. Major democratic principles are under pressure, and governments’ respect for press freedom which is one of the pillars of free societies, is continuously eroding.

ABS-CBN was shut down and the loyalty of hundreds of journalists were provoked in such ways for delivering fiery information that only served the truth behind this modern- day societal issues. The right to information and privacy were dejected.

Mohammad Mossed, a reporter in Iran who criticized the government’s response to the pandemic, has been barred from practicing journalism and suspended from Social Media. Chen Quiche, a freelance journalist who was covering the outbreak in Wuhan, China, has not been seen since early February, when he told family members he was planning to report on a temporary hospital as a field reporter.

Social media platforms have assumed the role of news distribution sources. Due to this fact, the media have largely rejected the affiliated gatekeeper role of fact-checking to the content they allow on different pages and sites. This renunciation has led to the rise of fake news, disinformation and propaganda. We cannot see the entire effect of these unless we know how to comprehensively read and understand unfiltered news even in a different lens.

Moreover, this will result in echo-chamber of deception. We have the internet as our daily resource of information, and it is much easier to access data and information via google or the drastic Facebook pages that are emerging. Many leaders are manipulating and threatening the news and pressuring local media to obscure reality and divert attention.

This form of unethical information to the public consensus is satire. As the health of the entire nation comes under increasing threat, the concern for accurate and clear reporting is more essential than ever, it becomes a burden, the fact that we only want to serve as the voice and to only speak for the truth could lead to a one-shot destination that could probably end one’s misery. When disaster strikes — and the COVID-19 outbreak gripped the world right now, it certainly qualifies — domestic and local media outlets are vital to combating problems, including the spread of a disease that could decimate entire populations.

Today is about all of us and all the things closest to us: our health and safety as Filipino citizens, our children and parents, our ability to move and speak freely without the fear and dilemma. Our liberty to write and be critical without restraint.

This is what it looks like when a crisis of leadership makes its way into our health and our homes, when lack of prudence induces panic, when diligence and the assurance of refuge is in need. When a lot of people won’t either trust and listen to the government because of inequality, overpower and suppression. Under any circumstances of the government’s incompetence, I am more than willing to engage in political retribution, counter blow, and an eye to eye against the administration, even though it would be a prime mover.

As a youth, I want to uphold democracy as much as I could, as our democracy today is under aggression. As we pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifices made to build this nation, it is important that we remember the full cost of liberty.

My message for the youth is to listen to dangerous words, be calm when the unthinkable tries to shock you, be a patriot, be courageous and speak when you can. Today, ask yourself about how many freedoms we have and how many we are in danger of losing. Every day, the sphere of politicism is trying to chip away at our basic rights and civil liberties.

The Philippines should not create another battle for us to transcend. Suppression days were over. We already shed blood and tears over the primitive times. Today, none of us doesn’t want to lose our valor, so choose to evolve, to speak, and to break through for a prominent eternity, for our country, the Philippines.

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[Right-Up] Isang Pagsaludo -by Kristian Rivera

Isang Pagsaludo
Kristian Rivera

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death

The Philippines is like a Man with a tattered armor, the country had gone through a lot of battles and undeniably faced a lot of breathtaking circumstances that made us who we are today. Today is not the time of hatred, all of us are facing this crisis with unending tears and grief. Lives are lost, families are broken, everyone is surviving on a day to day basis.

Sometimes, we sought things differently without even enabling yourself to see the situation of others, a lot of people have been struggling hard with their lives even if the virus still isn’t there. Ask yourself, is it even worthy to judge someone these days wherein we are in a delusional crisis? others cannot even stay at home because they don’t have one.

“The black swan theory” It is coined by a Philosopher named Nassim Nicholas Taleb, it simply apprehends that “The black swan theory” or “theory of black swan” events is a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect. In my own personal view, COVID-19 is the black swan theory that I am talking about. It causes major effects in the country, to the people.

I believe that we are surviving on a day to day basis, being in this kind of situation sometimes makes the people imply selfishness. We tend to excessively hoard foods, alcohol, and face masks without even thinking of how can others survive for some cannot even eat three meals a day. This is not the time of hatred, this is the time of being able to establish a concrete relationship between others and fighting together to achieve the “Mental freedom” and “Physical freedom” we all have been wishing for since day one.

We are different individuals who have different strategies for surviving this pandemic. It is easy for others to say “Stay at home” if they undeniably have comfortable shelters, it is easy for others to say “Follow the law” if they only need high-end WiFi access in their respective homes and not minding on what to eat the next day for they have families who can provide more than what they wanted. The mere fact that others can feel anger because people cannot follow the law easily is a mere reflection that it’s easy to judge people’s lives without even putting your shoes in their hopeless lives.

We are very much privileged because we can stay home safe and sound while front-liners are battling hard against COVID-19, they have families too, they still have future plans and goals but they risked their lives out there to prevent the virus from spreading. Imagine being in a hospital where viruses are occurring in such areas but you are there protecting each and every patient. I salute all the front-liners that are full of raging bravery within them. Please do know that you are very much appreciated.

We fought yesterday and we will continue fighting for tomorrow.

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