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Benedicta Du-Baladad


To FINEX members and friends,

PRESIDENT’S REPORT
August 2017 Issue

Last July 19, Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary Cardozo Luna shared with us the security policies of the Duterte Administration amidst Marawi crisis and the Martial Law in Mindanao. Unfortunately, DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana Jr. was not able to grace the event due to an emergency meeting that he has to attend.

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Journalism Ethics & Standards
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Mr. George S. ChuaBy Mr. George S. Chua

MANILA BULLETIN (Business Option)
August 29, 2017

Journalism Ethics & Standards

Business Option is a rotating column of members of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines appearing every Tuesday & Thursday in Manila Bulletin, business section.

I remember taking my first journalism class in High School back in the early 70s and I still live by the basic principles we were taught in coming up with our school newsletters and publications. As a regular member of the National Press Club and hosting my own weekly TV Talk Show on GNN, I take pride in being a media practitioner. Sad to say, we do have some journalists who seem to have forgotten the ethical standards by which our profession stands. As a real journalist, we should be accurate, truthful, objective, impartial, fair and be accountable for our reports. I have noticed that everyday when I read, watch or listen to what is claimed to be the “news” it is more like a biased commentary which has more opinions than facts. It would seem that some journalists compromise their ethics and standards for the sake of sensationalising the news to gain ratings or worse, to have the reputation of being hard hitting. We all know where hard hitting journalists end up, either with bags of money or in a body bag! Surprisingly, some journalists who did not have any formal training are una-ware of how to properly report the news and simply end up following what they see, hear or read from more seasoned journalists. Amongst the other considerations that all legitimate journalists should be aware of is the limitation of harm, discriminatory references and conflicts of interests. Limitation of harm means shielding the identity of minors, non-disclosure of material information in criminal cases, police undercover operations, military intelligence and other information that may jeopardise legitimate law enforcement activities. Discriminatory references based on race, religion, sexual orientation, and physical or mental disabilities should be avoided. It is indeed appalling how sometimes even high profile media personalities are guilty of making derogatory remarks and insensitive statements. Conflicts of interest issues are also blatantly violated. We have seen how some media outfits favourably handle reports or issues concerning people who are related to the owners or management of the said media company. At the same time, these media outfits would have a negative bias against, people, companies, government officials and agencies that they are not in favour of. As a staunch advocate of press freedom, we all need to work towards preserving the in-tegrity of the press in the eyes of the public, as well as the government. By policing our own ranks and educating all media practitioners, we can avoid giving reason for regulators and legislators in curtailing press freedom under the guise of preventing abuse by journalists. It is often said that the media shapes the mind and the opinion of the public. Perhaps it is about time that the public makes a clamor and demand a more professional and higher standard for journalists and media practitioners. Certainly, the public can boycott the me-dia companies that have journalists who do not adhere to the expected ethical standards. (Comments may be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

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