Written by Andrea Lou H. Magnaye, on the article: rappler.com/students-expelled-speaking-ilocano
“The blog post is about three students dismissed by a school in Ilocos Norte on grounds of speaking Ilokano during school hours. The blog post has been circulating social media sites since yesterday.
“Under the the Journalist’s Code of Ethics, a journalist “shall presume persons accused of crime of being innocent until proven otherwise.” Moreover, he or she “shall exercise caution in publishing names of minors and women involved in criminal cases so that they may not unjustly lose their standing in society.” Though it was stated several times in the blog post that presented facts of the alleged incident were based on the traumatic experiences of the students involved, there were some portions of the blog post that tend to influence readers to believe that the said alleged incident, including all the details, indeed occurred. It should be remembered that regardless of how serious the allegations may be, Reverend Brian Shah is still a person accused … and shall be presumed innocent until proven otherwise. Thus, his reputation should still be taken into consideration in writing the blog post or presenting the facts. The writer may have biases or opinions regarding an issue, but he/she shall avoid being influenced by them in writing an article to properly ascertain truth. The writer even included pictures that would strengthen the claims or stand of the allegedly aggrieved party, while presented none for the other.
“According to the blog post, the experience has been traumatic for both kids. However, the writer unhesitatingly divulged to the public the full names of two of the students, who are also minors, namely, – – – – – – – – – – – – and – – – – – – – – – – – – – (names removed by admin marichulambino.com). With their identities being circulated with the blog post, the students will have more difficulty dealing with their trauma. It was even expressly stated that the dismissed students had difficulty in finding new schools, which worsens their condition and might even lower their self-esteem. It is worth mentioning that – – – – – – – – – ( name removed by admin) one of the dismissed students was a victim of bullying; thus, he might already have a low self-esteem prior to the incident. Further, the school that admitted- – – – – – – – – – – – (name removed by admin) was also mentioned; this will take away the kid’s chance to start his new student life and move on. He might have difficulties in studying, because the traumatic experience that he left will probably haunt him in his new school. Again, a journalist shall exercise caution in publishing names of minors; the writer failed to observe such provision of the Code.” Posted by Andrea Lou H. Magnaye.