Media 230 Graduate School 3rd Week #MediaProfessionals Deadline Friday March 8, 2019 at 11:59pm

     Media Professionals Third Week: Choose from any of the four categories provided in class.  Deadline Friday March 8, 2019 at 11:59pm

    (Bonus points or double the points will be given to original content, i.e., never published before or based on your own professional experience: Pls indicate in the title or heading “Bonus” for ease of reviewing it)

12 thoughts on “Media 230 Graduate School 3rd Week #MediaProfessionals Deadline March 8

  1. Assignment #5

    Topic: Threats against media

    THE STATE OF PHILIPPINE MEDIA: Relentless Attacks And Threats Online, On Ground, Across the Nation

    Philippines has long been one of the most dangerous places in the world to practice journalism. The attacks and threats against Philippine media has continue to rise under President Duterte’s administration.

    In a collaborative report by Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Philippine Press Institute, MinaNews, and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, there are 99 recorded cases of assaults against media agencies and practitioners from July 1, 2016 to Oct. 31, 2018.

    These 99 cases of assaults include (17) online harassments, (12) killing, (12) libel, (11) threats by SMS, (7) slay attempt, (6) intimidation, (5) verbal threat/assault, (5) physical assault, (4) website attack, (4) cyber libel, (3) arrest, (3) corporation-related case, (3) barred from coverage, (3) physical harassment, (2) article take down, (2) strafing/ shooting incident. Of the 99 cases, 45 cases involved state agents or public officials as alleged perpetrator.

    These threats and attacks against media is a manifestation of the government’s exercise of political control over media. The intimidation and coercion against media is the government’s blatant way of silencing its critics and controlling of information that goes out to the public.


  2. [Assignment #5]

    Topic: Fake News

    FACT CHECK: No, this is not a photo of Mar Roxas drinking from a plate

    A manipulated image of Mar Roxas drinking potable water from a blue plate and him transferring laswa to a mug has been circulating in the social media amidst the 2019 senatorial election. Netizens turns ravage over their Dilawan sentiments on social media calling him “baliktad,” “epal,” “bobo” and “baliw.”

    The brouhaha turns out to be fake.

    The image was first posted on a Facebook page last 2015. The caption in a sarcastic tone said, “Mar Roxas is really a very simple person. He puts rice in a mug, while he puts water on his plate. That’s Mar Roxas!” The image was viewed 500,000 times and had 6,051 shares online.

    The image was also used in videos and turned out to be a popular meme in 2018. Lorenzo Gadon, known for his “bobo” statement to Sereno supporters and Senate rival of Mar Roxas, performed the drinking of water on a plate in his Facebook post. Though he later deleted the video.

    The original photo of Mar Roxas drinking potable water was initially posted by the DILG Twitter account. It was DILG’s Salintubig project in Camalig, Albay to improve the access of clean water in rural areas. While the photo of Mar Roxas scooping laswa was first posted by Aksyonradyo Iloilo. Mar was visiting the radio station and ate laswa with them.

    Other Sources:
    2. — the manipulated photo of Mar Roxas
    4. — video of Gadon copying the manipulated image of Mar Roxas
    5. — video meme sample of the manipulated image
    6. — a blog spreading fake news also posted similar content

  3. Assignment # 3
    Topic: Issues on News Media (Killings of Journalists)

    Media representatives in Ghana have condemned the killing of an investigative journalist who had helped uncover the corruption in football. Ahmed Hussein Suale was shot three times last January 16 by men on a motorbike while driving home from work on the capital Accra. The killing came as a shock in Ghana whose vibrant press enjoys relative freedom compared to many other African nations. Hussein Suale was part of a team lead by well-known journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas famous for a documentary last year that accused 77 referees of taking bribes. This led to the resignation of the head of the Ghana Football Association as well as firing the football referees and officials.

    According to various media practitioners in Ghana, they are resisting of any act similar to the nature of what had happened to Hussein Suale. They consider it as abominable, it should be condemned and definitely not be tolerated in any democratic environment.

    They also appealed to the President of Ghana to take personal interests in seeing to the bottom of this matter. They also called on to the Parliament, as representatives of the people, to take the necessary actions that would instill a state of safety not only in the media but also among the general public in Ghana. They urge the judiciary to mercilessly deal with anyone who is found guilty of such heinous crimes. In the previous year, they note that there had already been threats in Hussein Suale’s life regarding a different issue.

    The journalists further explained that it is very important for the state and its security apparatus to really step up their game because according to the journalists, it doesn’t seem to be normal to them that journalists are killed. Thus, they ought to be gravely concerned when any human being in any country is killed. And that they must make sure that it is dealt with.

    As a response, Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo has called on to the police to act quickly to resolve the case: “I condemn the act unreservedly and extend my condolences to his family. I expect the police to bring to book as soon as possible the perpetrators of this heinous crime. Once again, my heartfelt condolences.”

    In a separate interview, an eyewitness recounted the incident. He stated that at 3:15 pm, while he was sitting with Hussein Suale on a bench two gentlemen came in a motorcycle and shot Hussein Suale point blank. He died on the spot.

    As of February 8, it was reported that six people have been arrested and released on bail in connection to the crime. However, the arrests were only done based on “reasonable suspicion” and not on hard actual evidence.


  4. Good day. Here’s my fifth assignment. (Apologies in advance if my username doesn’t show up, I had the same problem po during the second assignment submission – @hannahchaka)

    Topic: Update on News Media Issues/Ownership

    Last February 27, it was announced that the Bureau of Internal Revenue had accepted ABS-CBN’s offer to pay a “judicial compromise amount” in relation to a tax deficiency case from 2009.

    Both parties, the network and the government agency, agreed to a compromise through a resolution in order to avoid expensive and long-winding court litigations.

    The Court of Tax Appeals governed over the settlement, which purportedly amounts to 152 million pesos. The resolution which bound both parties was also penned by Associate Justice Juanito Castañeda, Jr.

    It is interesting to take note that by March 2020, ABS-CBN’s franchise will be up for renewal and House Bill 4349 which seeks to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise for another 25 years is still pending at the committee level in Congress. Last April 2017, it can be recalled that the President threatened to block this from happening.

    Inasmuch as the corporation’s tense relations with the current administration have resulted in intrusions and threats over media content, this news may not be necessarily related to these current events. However, a resolution as the one aforementioned would be an effective way in covering bases – just in case some threats come into being.


  5. “NOTE: Apologies for the late submission, there was a blackout at my apartment last night and i was unable to access the internet or write my assignment. Hoping for your consideration. Thank you.”

    Assignment #5
    News Media Issues

    U.N. issues statement against kingdom of Saudi Arabia over journalist killing.

    The U.N. has finally stepped up and reprimanded the oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia over the the assassination of prominent Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. Over thirty six countries issued a statement on Thursday, March 7 in Geneva, Switzerland, condemning the actions of Saudi Arabia and the alleged involvement of its crown prince, Mohammad Bin Salman al Saud. (commonly known as MBS)

    The statement was read by UN representative for Iceland, Harald Aspelund on behalf of the group of nations that expressed growing concern over the alleged harassment of journalists in Saudi Arabia and demanded that those responsible be brought to justice.

    “Investigations into the killing must be prompt, effective and thorough, independent and impartial, and transparent. Those responsible must be held to account,” read the official statement. The UN also demanded for full transparency by Saudi Arabia and that any and all information should be disclosed in its entirety.

    However, this latest move by the international community will probably fall on deaf ears once again, as the kingdom continues to vehemently deny any involvement in the killing and instead, blame it on “rogue agents” acting out of their own accord.

    But an initial investigation conducted by the Turkish government, proves that not only did members of the Saudi consulate have knowledge of the attack, but also had direct involvement in the death since they were responsible for luring Khashoggi inside the consulate.

    Despite this, U.S. president Donald Trump continues to avoid the issue and refuses to take any action against its valued ally. This sparked outrage not only with the Democrats, but also with Trump’s own Republican party. Trump’s disinterest in the matter however, is not at all surprising since Saudi Arabia is the largest trading partner the U.S. has in the region. Any actions made against the kingdom could damage U.S.-Saudi relations and potentially create a negative impact in its economy. According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative website, “U.S. goods and services trade with Saudi Arabia totaled an estimated $45.6 billion in 2017”.

    But this is not enough justification for the murder of an individual, much less a respected journalist. This incident proves that anyone who advocates for the truth could unknowingly become a target. Unfortunately, because of the lack of action taken against the perpetrators, those who are in power will most likely continue to utilize murder and harassment against journalists and their critics, knowing that any consequence that may befall on them would be minimal or insignificant.

    While condemnations made by various international organizations and businesses such as the case with Hollywood firm, Endeavor returning a $400 million investment made by the Saudi government and as discussed, the recent statement made by the U.N., may have brought the case more attention, these actions are still not enough to dissuade other oppressive governments, criminal organizations or tyrannical dictators in doing the same thing. Justice must be brought not only to the individuals who perpetrates the harassment and killing of journalists but also to those who plan and propagate it.


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