Law on Mass Media Right of Access to Information on matters of Public Concern (4th Exercise: PROFESSIONALIZING THE PRACTICE) (Deadline: Wednesday Sept. 12 at 5pm)
UPDATED today Sept. 10: Notes on the Fourth Bonus as described below: For Law on Mass Media students: FOR THE FOURTH BONUS: Since you are taking up Law on Mass Media in this section and have been provided with sufficient discussion on specific rights and duties as laid down in the Constitution and statutory provisions, you need to illustrate through this exercise that you know how to apply what you learned. Generalities (such as “rights under the law” or “human rights violations” are too vague for a student taking up Law on Mass Media in this section.) Failure to specify the constitutional and statutory provisions as basis of your answer will result in a score of zero. Second, the letter-request or demand letter should state that it is being made in order that the party requesting would not be compelled to resort to administrative, civil, and criminal remedies etc. (If your request is denied, you would need to send a more strongly worded demand letter, if you have no lawyer or no access to legal assistance, you would need to consult textbooks on Remedies and Legal Forms to see the template.). Finally, please check your grammar and syntax not for anything else, pero para hindi kayo pagtawanan sa sinulat nyo; maaari ring isulat sa Filipino o Pilipino kung mas kumportable kayo rito. Thank you for your work in this class. -marichu
Please illustrate the right of access to information on matters of public concern: Choose a news report or news report from July 1 to the present date that is based on the use of information contained in public records or a news event which involves public records or the use of information contained in public records, for example: 1)The storification of government transactions/ use of public funds/ procurement of equipment/ government infrastructure/ government action/ government contracts/ etc. all based on public records or … 2)The storification of data/ big data/ research data/ statistics/ records or documents from any government agency For the Bonus Post: The Bonus Post has been expanded: Write a simple 5-paragraph letter-request / demand letter addressed to the head of a government agency of the executive branch or any of its division or offices, asking for access to specific public records not available in the e-FOI website https://www.foi.gov.ph/ . In your letter-request/ demand letter, you may follow this outline: 1.state the name of the addressee and the government agency; 2.state the name of your publication/ site/ organization/ office; 3.state the function of your office/ mandate of your organization; 3.state your purpose; 4.state your business: What records do you need to view and access, and for what purpose; SPECIFY WHAT DOCUMENTS YOU NEED TO VIEW (if you fail to specify, the score is zero) 5.state your legal basis (the constitutional provision discussed in class and provisions of the FOI Executive Order); 6.give a deadline or state the number of days after which you will be compelled to avail of the remedies provided by law. Make sure that the records you seek to access and view are not available in https://www.foi.gov.ph/ otherwise you will get zero for this exercise.
You will find this exercise useful in your actual practice of the profession.