5th Media Monitor here #universityofthephilippines #UPDiliman Deadline Wednesday 12nn Sept28

The 5th Media Monitor (or any bonus not yet submitted) can be posted here, with deadline extended to Wednesday 12 noon Sept. 28.

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“2 killed in UP-Diliman campus buy-bust operation xxx Published September 25, 2016 9:39am

       “A suspected drug pusher and his companion were killed early Sunday after an encounter with policemen in a buy-bust operation in Brgy. UP Campus, Quezon City.

      “Citing police information, GMA News reported that the wounded suspects were rushed to the East Avenue Medical Center but they succumbed to gunshot wounds. xxx Police said the target of the operation was alias “Lupa” while authorities have yet to determine the identity of his companion.

       “Police Supt. Wilson Delos Santos said that officers of the Anti-Illegal Drugs Unit of the Quezon City Police District Station 9 were about to conduct a buy-bust operation at the Arboretum Forest when the firefight erupted.

      “Alias Lupa had agreed that he would sell P500 worth of shabu to a poseur buyer and one civilian until he realized that the transaction was a police operation. xxx He and his companion attempted to escape on a motorcycle but policemen caught up with them.

       “Police said the target suspect, who was on a drug watch list, had surrendered under Oplan Tokhang.

       “A caliber .45 and caliber .38 pistols and the getaway vehicle were recovered at the firefight scene. —Joseph Tristan Roxas/LBG, GMA News”

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26 thoughts on “5th Media Monitor here #universityofthephilippines #UPDiliman Deadline Wednesday 12nn Sept28

  1. 5th Media Monitor: [BONUS] Media Coverage of the Marcos Burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani

    In an article published by Rappler last August 12, 2016, we see President Duterte’s stance on Marcos being buried at the Libingan ng Bayani. President Duterte is fixed on his view that Marcos should be burried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani because it’s upholding the law. Whether or not he is a hero, Marcos deserves to be buried there because he is a soldier and a former President.

    The author also stated contrary views from Cayetano, VP Robredo, and Senator Grace Poe. I appreciate the author for including opposing views because this makes the article more balanced. We see the stances and their arguments from both sides. This goes with the provisions of the Code of Ethics that promote balance and fair reporting.


  2. [Second Regular Media Monitor]
    News: http://thestandard.com.ph/news/headlines/216741/witnesses-finger-leila.html

    The headline reads ‘Witnesses finger Leila’, obviously wanting to evoke sexual imagery with their headline to get people more curious so they will click their article links. There was no other mention of fingering within the article. The article instead details what happened in Leila de Lima’s congressional hearing wherein witnesses accused Leila of using drug lords in the Bilibid prison to raise funds for her senatorial campaign. In my opinion, this was degrading as well. Comparing the witnesses’ confessions to that of fingering is degrading.This is in violation of the PPI expanded’s provision that states that journalists should “avoid language, photographs, visuals and graphics that are racist, sexist, insensitive and disrespectful of gender and political preferences”. The SPJ also says that journalists should ” treat subjects as human beings deserving of respect” as well as to “avoid pandering to lurid curiosity, even if others do”

  3. http://gmrosales.tumblr.com/post/151029855451/fourth-bonus-media-monitor
    [Fourth Bonus Media Monitor] - President Duterte’s Allegations against Senator Leila de Lima and/or Follow-Up Stories of the Allegations Themselves]


  4. Fifth Media Monitor – [ Third Bonus Post]
    Media coverage of the Malacañang-planned Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani
    and related events such as the litigation in the Supreme Court.

    SC extends to Oct. 18 SQA on Marcos burial at Libingan ng mga Bayani

    This news article from Channel 5’s online new platform InterAksyon had key strengths in maintaining ethics and a weak point that became its downside for a normal viewer. It followed the standard of seeking original source/s in the news delivered as it came from the Public Information Office of the Supreme Court itself regarding the derailed interment of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

    It also aired the other side citing Solicitor General Calida’s views on the claim of the Marcos family to Ferdinand Marcos’ burial at the Libingan ng Mga Bayani. The news article also gave background on the reason behind the government’s backing the claim though met with a great number of petitioners, mostly coming from Martial law victims and human rights activists. It is apparent here that the principle of clear presentation and non-oversimplification was followed. This issue is not a matter of who gets buried where, but a history of the Filipino people during its darkest days.

    Its flaw, on the contrary became evident in the manner that it did not clearly represent the side of those in the Supreme Court who opposed the Marcos burial. The news article only presented the views of Solicitor General Calida and some snippets of opposing views coming from the the National Historical Commission and one Supreme Court Justice. This article did not try to get the other side of the Supreme Court that would give the public the right to judge by themselves the issue.


  5. Fifth Media Monitor – [ Third Bonus Post]
    Media coverage of the Malacañang-planned Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

    and related events such as the litigation in the Supreme Court.
    The Philippine Star released an article about the Supreme court’s decision to postpone Ferdinand Marcos’ burial in the Libingan ng mga Bayani. It was commendable because it focused on the arguments from both sides.

    Philippine star abided the PPI Expanded Code of Ethics which states that “All efforts must be exerted to make stories fair, accurate and balanced. Getting the other side is a must, especially for the most sensitive and critical stories. The other side must run on the first take of the story and not any day later.” It was able to include the arguments from those who oppose the burial and also the arguments from those who favor it. The article gave it’s reader the power to make their own judgements.

    Source: Dumlao, A. (2016, September 8). 1M signatures for Marcos burial at Libingan. SC. Philippine Star. Retrieved from http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/813762/1m-signatures-for-marcos-burial-at-libingan

    [5th Media Monitor: First Regular Post]

    Please refer to: http://thestandard.com.ph/news/headlines/216741/witnesses-finger-leila.html

    The choice of words is important in writing a news story. An article published by Manila Standard has received negative comments due to its sexual reference in its headline, “Witnesses finger Leila”. This article failed to “consider cultural differences in approach and treatment”, as stated in the SPJ code of ethics. Besides its dictionary definition, the term “finger” is also used to mean to insert a finger in a woman’s nether regions. The term that they used is prone to misrepresentation.

    Furthermore, this headline also violates provisions in the PPI code of ethics, “we shall avoid at all times language, photographs, visuals and graphics that are racist, sexist, insensitive and disrespectful of men, women and children; the religious denominations, cultural communities, and gender and political preferences” and “misleading practices can seriously undermine a newspaper’s credibility and trustworthiness and should be avoided”.



    On September 21, Manila Standard published a story regarding the hearing involving Senator Leila de Lima and her link with drug lords (as President Duterte has called her out for). The article was published with the headline, “Witnesses finger Leila.” Although it means, by context, that a witness pointed de Lima, it was inappropriate to use the word “finger” as it also suggests sexual meaning. This headline sparked controversies especially with the netizens. I find their choice of word unethical. They should’ve chosen a more decent one as replacement.

    According to the SPJ Code of Ethics, journalists should minimize harm by “treating subjects as human beings,” and being “sensitive” to the person or people involved. In addition, it is also stated in the PPI expanded that journalists should “avoid language, photographs, visuals, and graphics that are racist, sexual, insensitive and disrespectful of men, women and children.” The headline was clearly a violation of these code of ethics.

    article: http://thestandard.com.ph/news/headlines/216741/witnesses-finger-leila.html

  8. [Second Bonus Post: Media coverage of the Syrian government in Aleppo]

    By now, everyone has seen the video of Omran Daqneesh, a little boy from Syria, clinging onto an ambulance seat moments after his hometown was bombarded by an air strike. It was a viral video that circulated all social media platforms, but was the coverage ethical?

    On one hand, we see the journalists diligently seeking the truth and reporting it. They abide by the SPJ Code of Ethics provision which states that they should “boldly tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience. Seek sources whose voices we seldom hear”, seeing as though they were able to show the world the magnitude of the Syrian war through the eyes of Omran. On the other hand, they weren’t able to minimize harm by censoring the child’s face or name in news reports. The video did help bring about concern to Aleppo, so I consider this situation an ethical dilemma.

    Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2016/aug/18/syrian-child-pulled-from-rubble-after-aleppo-airstrike-video

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