#universityofthephilippines #UPDiliman The 4th Media Monitor (with 3rd Bonus, new), deadline Wednesday noon

The Fourth Media Monitor can be posted here, with deadline extended to Wednesday noontime (12:00 noon).

        Students may post either an ordinary, regular media monitor or a bonus media monitor (no repetition of posted bonus posts, i.e, a student who has posted on a particular bonus theme can no longer post on that same bonus theme).          

        The Third Bonus is on: Crime reports with visuals (photos or videos) on the “drug war” with fatalities/ fatality in the last two months (July 1 – to the present or up to the date of posting). If graphic photos or videos need to be shown, please do not embed / do not paste them on this site — just provide a link to it/ them, with a warning on your commentary.mktpnp

The bonus, as stated before, can be posted on any date/  in any week in lieu of a regular media monitor. Only one post per week for each student is allowed. 

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       Credits: Photo by the Makati Police used by the Philippine Star 14 September 2016: An accused who had just attended his hearing for illegal gun possession and for drug pushing, shot pointblank a few meters from the Hall of Justice Regional Trial Court, the assailant wearing a full-face helmet (photo used here non-commercially for academic purposes)

Music: The Newsroom theme, HBO series, used here non-commercially for academic purposes

 

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29 thoughts on “#universityofthephilippines #UPDiliman The 4th Media Monitor (with 3rd Bonus, new), deadline Wednesday noon

  1. [Fourth media monitor – third bonus post: Crime reports with visuals]

    Article Title: 5 drug suspects killed in ‘shootout’ with QC cops
    Date published: July 12
    Article Link: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/573411/news/metro/5-drug-suspects-killed-in-shootout-with-qc-cops

    Article linked here contains video showing some clips at the end that may be disturbing to some people.

    The article linked here contains a video of GMA’s news report about 5 drugs suspects that were killed in ’shootout’ with Quezon City cops. However not only did the journalist report on the 5 alleged drug pushers, he also included the death of one of the police’s assets. At the end of the video, It was shown how police found one of their assets dead (hanging on the wall of a room) in Quezon City. I was really bothered with the video content that accompanied the report. It showed the police cutting the rope that was used to hang the asset and how they dragged him out of the room. Although the face of the victim was blurred, I believe it wasn’t necessary to include that clip.Even without presenting the said clip, the information and message of the report will not change. For me, the journalist wasn’t able to balance the public’s need for information against potential harm or discomfort.

    In addition, showing how the police dragged the lifeless body out of the room was insensitive, for me. I think it doesn’t show compassion for those affected by news coverage, a.k.a the family and friends of the said asset. It’s not a nice sight to see. However, it was a good thing that the journalist didn’t include the name of the person.

  2. Third Bonus: Crime reports with visuals on the “drug war” with fatalities/fatality in the last 2 months

    Drug related deaths have become more rampant since the beginning of Duterte’s administration. Reports show up almost on a daily basis of drug related fatalities and extra judicial killings. Media outlets have even started to create “kill lists” which compile these deaths. As a result, articles containing graphic content have started appearing in social media and even in print.

    In the article linked below, an article was published that highlighted the killing of Maria Aurora Moynihan who was killed and left by the side of a road in Manila. The author included a photograph of the victim to accompany the article. The article is a clear violation of the SPJ under the “Minimize Harm” section, which states that subjects must be treated as human beings and there must be balance for info with potential harm. It is very insensitive to the family and harmful for their reputation to report a victim in such detail.

    http://www.deccanchronicle.com/world/europe/200916/uk-barons-daughter-killed-in-dutertes-war-on-drugs.html

  3. [3rd bonus point: Crime report with visuals]
    News: http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/145814-numbers-statistics-philippines-war-drugs

    The report provides a breakdown of the numbers in Duterte’s Drug War: death toll, number of surrenderees, EJKs and police casualties. To accompany the repor,t they posted a picture of one of the casualties in the drug war. The picture is a violation of SPJ’s principle to ‘minimize harm’ on the end of the victim. The victim’s face in the picture is not blurred. This is in violation of the SPJ’s provision to “show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage”. The picture is not as gruesome as some of the photos on the war on drugs but the journalist should still have exercised compassion and blurred the victim’s face in respect of the person as well as his family.

  4. ETHICS TORI
    [Fourth Media Monitor: Third Bonus Post]

    [WARNING: Graphic image of victims of extrajudicial killings]
    Please refer to: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/809292/chr-extrajudicial-killings-in-duterte-war-on-drugs-unprecedented

    Accompanying this article is a graphic image of two men, AWOL policeman Bobby Orit and his companion Danilo Guevarra, slain in a “shootout” with Manila policemen. The photo was not censored nor put into grayscale. Also, there were no warnings that the article contains uncensored bloody images.

    According to the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Code of Ethics, to minimize harm, “ethical journalism treats sources, subjects, colleagues and members of the public as human beings deserving of respect”. Publishing this photo is a violation of the provision, “show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage. Use heightened sensitivity when dealing with juveniles, victims of sex crimes, and sources or subjects who are inexperienced or unable to give consent”. Furthermore, the journalist must consider the implications of this photo to the families left behind by the victims.

    References:
    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/809292/chr-extrajudicial-killings-in-duterte-war-on-drugs-unprecedented
    http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp

  5. Fourth Media Monitor (Third Bonus) Alleged drug-dealing cop killed in QC shootout

    An alleged drug-dealing policeman was killed after a buy bust operation near a fastfood chain at the corner of Commonwealth and Regalado Avenue in Quezon City. He is an active member of the Quezon City Police District – District Anti-Illegal Drugs Unit (QCPD-DAID). After the buyer got the illegal drugs from the suspect, the police was about to arrest the suspect but he immediately run and drove away. However, he was cornered with a closed gate at Bulova St. and started to exchange gun shots with the other members of the police. He was killed and identified as Sr. Insp. Ramon Castillo.

    The article linked below provided videos and photos of the crime scene but never showed the photo of the dead body of the cop. The crime scene may not be as disturbing as a photograph of a dead body but the decision of the news organization to not supply these images is a good ethical practice for me. I think it is better to leave it that way to balance the public’s need for information against a potential harm or discomfort.

    Source: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/575072/news/metro/alleged-drug-dealing-cop-killed-in-qc-shootout

  6. Regine C. Gochuico
    (3rd bonus post)—4th media monitor
    3rd bonus: “Crime reports with visuals (Photos or videos) on the “drug war” with fatalities/fatality in the last two months
    Warning: Graphic dead image of an alleged drug suspect
    Link to the article : http://www.philstar.com/cebu-news/2016/08/04/1609953/12-drug-deaths-within-24-hrs-including-former-cop
    Ever since President Rodrigo Duterte won the Presidential election a lot of drug pushers, drug lords, and drug users were killed. This is because Pres. Duterte declared that he wants the Philippines to be a drug free country. By being a drug free country he believes that peace and order will be achieved and investors would come in the Philippines. Nowadays, various news reports has been reporting about drug fatalities and crimes. Last August 4,2016 The Freeman-Philstar reported an alleged drug pusher named Gerard Mayol who was killed when he tried to open fire upon sensing that the one buying is not a real buyer but was a policeman instead. The article violated some of the provisions stated in SPJ, and the Expanded Code of ethics. The following provisions has been violated:
    1.)Provide context
    2.)Identify sources clearly. The public is entitled to as much information as possible to judge the reliability and motivations of sources.
    3.)Balance the public’s need for information against potential harm or discomfort
    4.)Provide updated and more complete information as appropriate.
    5.)We shall avoid at all times language, photographs, visuals, and graphics that are racist, sexist, insensitive, and disrespectful of men, women, and children.
    Several news reports about drug related fatality were written in one news report. However when I read the report about Gerard Mayol I thought it lacked context .The report failed to mention his age which is important to be included so that readers would know if he’s a minor or not. To know whether his name should be published or not. Sources were not identified clearly which makes the news report about him doubtful. The report just narrated what happened to him and why he was shot dead. But it failed to include sources like people who actually saw what really happened. So how would the readers know if this report is factual or not. Sometimes new organizations tend to compete with each other of whoever will be able to publish or air the story first. In this case, they should update the story by filling in important missing details about Gerard Mayol so that readers would have a better knowledge/ understanding of the story about him. The picture above catched my attention when I opened the link because it showed graphic image of an alleged drug pusher Gerard Mayol. Journalist must be cautious and sensitive when publishing photos of a dead body because it affects the living members of the family especially the children. They must put in mind these people are also human being with feelings that deserves respect because they might be embarrassed in the community. But then by showing this image it discourages potential people from becoming drug users. However it affects the reputation of the family as well as it puts the members of the family in difficult situation. People might look down on them because that might suspect that they are a family of addicts/pusher. This is why journalist must still balance the public’s need to know against potential harm it might cause.

  7. Fourth Media Monitor – Second Bonus Post (Crime Reports with visuals on the drug war with fatalities in the last two months)

    Day 1 and 2: 12 drug suspects die, 700 surrender

    The Philippine Star’s article on the early days of the Duterte Administration is one of the first to reveal the immediate drug operations’ outcome. More than ten people were killed along with the ushering of surrenderees fearing for their lives.
    This article committed both ethical and unethical practices.
    It did not distort truth as it aired the real cases of the victims where some are identified to be real drug peddlers, some are suspected and others killed for unknown reasons. Original and first hand sources are used as the offices in charge of the drug campaign were attributed such as the Dangerous Drugs Board and the National Bureau of Investigation. Through these, the public was able to learn the truth about the nature of killings wherein some were not yet proven guilty.
    The ethical flaw here is on the improper emphasis on how this campaign claiming lives is supported by almost all sectors including the Catholic Church. Opposing views were not stated.

    The graphic image of a killed Chinese man that is shown embodies the first set of killings in the war against drugs. The image did not expose the identity of the slain individual but clearly depicted the terror of this campaign. This may trigger the public into knowing the truth but there could be possible damage to the individual’s family.

  8. [1st Bonus Post: Crime Reports on the War on Drugs]

    This news article covers information from the PNP archives on how the war on drugs is faring in different regions. It even includes a statement from PNP chief Bato Dela Rosa regarding the vision of the PNP with regards to the bloody war on drugs, what the PNP plans to accomplish, and how they are improving their protocol.

    While it is an overall very informative article, all information is sourced from the PNP archives. The PNP has had a very bad reputation of conjuring up numbers that justify the current war on drugs, so having a single-sourced article isn’t very appropriate. It also irks me that the picture they chose for the headline was an obviously very sensationalised picture that does not minimize harm, according to the SPJ Code of Ethics provision that states journalists should “show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage.” The headline contains the viral photograph of Jennelyn Olaires hugging her dead husband, Michael Siaron. Subjects should be treated as humans, and it was inappropriate to use the very melodramatic picture for a statistical report.

  9. Reposting as I forgot to link the source, sorry!

    [1st Bonus Post: Crime Reports on the War on Drugs]
    Source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/focus/07/25/16/dutertes-war-breaking-bad

    This news article covers information from the PNP archives on how the war on drugs is faring in different regions. It even includes a statement from PNP chief Bato Dela Rosa regarding the vision of the PNP with regards to the bloody war on drugs, what the PNP plans to accomplish, and how they are improving their protocol.

    While it is an overall very informative article, all information is sourced from the PNP archives. The PNP has had a very bad reputation of conjuring up numbers that justify the current war on drugs, so having a single-sourced article isn’t very appropriate. It also irks me that the picture they chose for the headline was an obviously very sensationalised picture that does not minimize harm, according to the SPJ Code of Ethics provision that states journalists should “show compassion for those who may be affected by news coverage.” The headline contains the viral photograph of Jennelyn Olaires hugging her dead husband, Michael Siaron. Subjects should be treated as humans, and it was inappropriate to use the very melodramatic picture for a statistical report.

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