Media 230 Graduate School 4th Week #MediaProfessionals Deadline March 24

Media 230 Graduate School 4th Week #MediaProfessionals Deadline March 24, 2019, Sunday, 11:59pm

      Media Professionals Fourth Week: Choose from any of the four categories provided in class. Deadline  March 24, 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)

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  1. CMC Faculty, Students and Administrators Protest against Impunity on Press Freedom

    “End Impunity on Press Freedom”, this is the overall message of the community of College of Mass Communication in the University of the Philippines today. This afternoon, members of the faculty, administrators, students and media workers assembled in the steps of Plaridel Hall to voice out their concerns and dismay on the “chilling effect” suppression of press freedom by the Duterte Administration.

    One of the leaders of a media worker organization, Nonoy Espina, in his speech pointed out that before media practitioners are journalists; they are first and foremost citizens. And that they have long standing responsibility and accountability to preserve the integrity and democracy of the nation through being in the service of the country. He recounted the fact that the Maguindanao massacre has happened for almost 10 years, yet the horrific incident that caused the lives of 57 journalists and private citizens are yet to be truly resolved. He added that throughout history, in different administrations particularly of the Marcos administration, media and press freedom always hung in the balance; and that President Duterte has been outright;y vocal in villainizing the media and seeing it as an enemy.

    Espina implied a sense of hope on the vigilance of the next generation of journalists and media practitioners, for they continue to be aware of their integral duties in our society and to stand for their sense of morality as the mouthpiece and watchdog of the people.

    According to current CMC Dean Armin Santiago, the protest assemblies will be a regular activity which will happen on every 23rd of the month until November of this year. The media organizations that were present today to cover the event were CNN, ABC 5 and UNTV. Last month, a similar rally was organized in protest of the arrest of Maria Ressa of Rappler.

    To end the assembly, Dr. Danilao Arao spoke of UP CMC as an institution existing not just to educate future media practitioners but most importantly to emulate social action in these trying times. Lastly, different media representatives, students, faculty and administrators lighted candles on the steps of Plaridel, signifying their remorse over the grave threats in press freedom.

  2. March 22 Rally| –BONUS
    Issue: Cybercensorship

    One of the issues highlighted in the discussion earlier is the online attack of several alternative news sites in the country. Those cyber attacks include shutting down domains of news sites, locking out administrators from their own sites (denial-of-service attack), employing troll armies to comment against alternative news, threatening journalists, etc. One speaker labeled those attacks as forms of cybercensorship— hindering the freedom of the press.

    Cybercensorship, however, is not new in the country. It has been happening in the past administration since the news found its way in the World Wide Web, but Duterte is perhaps, the worst so far (as the speakers stressed). Freedom of the press is strongly hampered especially now when technology has successfully created an evil agent that can easily shut down virtual news sites.

    Online attacks on the media is not only harmful to press freedom, they also prevent the people from knowing more about what is truly happening in the country. Progressive and the alternative, yet valid perspectives, are being shoot down either by bots or troll armies.

    While the online world is vast and not flat in terms of technical know-how and virtual resources, we should enjoin everyone to protect press freedom. That burden is not the responsibility of journalists alone. We also have our share of that online responsibility— to uphold freedom of the press— as citizen journalists who have the capacity to publish our own reports and opinions.

    The mobilization held earlier today, March 22, 2019 at the College of Mass Communication, UP Diliman, is part of the countdown for the 10th-year commemoration of the Ampatuan Massacre. The tragedy included the murder of more than 30 journalists in Maguindanao.

  3. [BONUS]

    Criminalizing Dissent and Remembering in the Time of Tyranny and Deception

    A current administration’s attempts to silence critics and their subsequent criticism have always been a pressing issue in the Philippines. These attacks on press freedom and proper critique have not been the least bit subtle in any way, and have even reached a point wherein the country has been added to the top five list of dangerous countries for journalist (2017).

    In order for a society to never forget, there have been constant reminders as to the extent with which the fight for the truth has been a long one in this country. Today, we have bear witnessed to one of those reminders.

    The Maguindanao Massacre of 2009 showed the public the extents to which those in power would punish anyone who dare expose their evils. While this grimly event would serve as a wake up call for many, there have been many more instances of silencing, not just through physical beatings, but also through criminalization and blatant misrepresentation to the public they have actually sworn into to serve.

    In addition to the very literal inprisonment of infamous individuals who attempt to voice out their concerns and criticism onto the current administration, there have also been recorded attempts of silencing through online attacks, trolling, and redtagging – with the latter being a very effectiv and problematic way to sway the public into their favor.

    It is always important to note, however, that with these wicked attacks and blatant misrepresentations, the number of individuals who choose to pursue the search for the truth and the proper representation of oppressed voices have never lessened, if not even multiplied, in these trying times of supposed hopelessness.

    references
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2018/12/19/the-deadliest-countries-for-journalists-in-2018-infographic/#3e77f3312af5

  4. A Media Assembly was held today March 22, 2018 at UP College of Mass Communication to discuss the repressions and attacks against media under the Duterte administration.

    Noli Espina compared the recent attacks to media repression during Martial Law. According to him, today’s attacks against the media include the silencing of media organizations and individuals that are critical of the administration.

    In an interview with students, he emphasized that today is a difficult time to be a journalist, especially that the threats are coming from the highest authority.

    Prof. Danny Arao also gave a brief talk during the assembly. He invited the students to continually join the fight for press freedom. Media assembly will be held every 23rd of the month.

    -Abici230

  5. On March 22, students of the University of the Philippines Diliman and veteran media practitioners held a protest against media attacks under the Duterte administration.

    One of the issues raised is the criminalization of dissent that results in intimidation on the Philippine media and the scholarship of students as well, thus, threatening press freedom and the country’s democracy.

    Just recently, Rappler’s Maria Ressa was arrested for an alleged tax evasion case, which most media practitioners see as a form of legal harassment to silence the critics of the government. Aside from this, media killings have increased in number since Duterte became president in 2016. The killings recorded were those of journalists who have aired their disagreement and disapproval on the policies and performance of Duterte as the nation’s leader.

    In addition, the students are also being victimized by the criminalization of dissent. Just last month, Duterte threatened the students who express dissent against his administration that they might lose their scholarship in the process. National Youth Commission Chairman was heavily criticized when he asked Duterte to sign an order that will remove the subsidy of those proven to be anti-government, particularly those who assist or members of communist parties. This threat, as well as those mentioned earlier, are clear violations of democratic principles.

    The protest serves as a reiteration that media practitioners, as well as the youth, will not be silenced by these attacks. Rather, it just fuels them to resist injustice and further serve the nation by defending press freedom.

  6. Assignment #6

    Topic: Bonus

    On its 10th year, the victims’ families, media practitioners, and lawyers of Maguindanao Massacre will hold a candlelight vigil in Bantayog ng mga Bayani to commemorate. President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018 announced that he wanted a partial judgment for the accused in the said political butchery of media practitioners by the end of the said year, but so far, no updates from his side.

    The candlelight vigil will include testimonies from the families and their lawyers regarding Duterte’s promise and the injustices of the Ampatuans. The short rally held in Plaridel Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman mentioned that Duterte promised that at least two of the convicted personas will be now sentenced for grave legal actions.

    The short rally honored media practitioners that have been slain previously from the injustices of the government by telling the truth. This form of freedom, withheld by the oppressive powers, should not be a barrier for the youth to be silenced in a time of crisis.

    The rally will hold again in every 23rd day of the month until November of the year 2019. The organizer said that the rally might happen again in Plaridel Hall, University of the Philippines Diliman or in other offices of Media Organizations. Updates will be announced by the media organization.

    Other Sources:
    1. https://www.rappler.com/nation/205343-duterte-maguindanao-massacre-accused-partial-judgment-2018
    2. https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2018/11/26/1871783/resolution-maguindanao-massacre-personal-duterte

  7. MASS ASSEMBLY OF JOURNALISM STUDENTS MARCH 22, 2019.

    At about 5:30pm of March 22, 2019, around 50 Journanlism majors of the College of Mass Communication conducted a protest rally to decry the ongoing pernicious assault on press freedom throughout the country. The assembly pointed at President Duterte as the main perpetrator of these attacks.

    Chants of “Makibaka” reverberate all around the parking lot of the College of Mass Communication, echoing its urgent messages within the immediate grounds of the college.. The TV 5 network was there to cover the protest.

    One by one, media activist took turns dec;aing commitments to the cause of press freedom. Lisa Ito of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines gave a historical background on the perennial assault of the government on media – from the time of Martial Law to the present administration of Duterte, capping her speech not to allow the repressive forces to overcome the freedom of the press.

    Last to speak was Danilo Arao, Masscom professor, and concurrent Editor-in-Chief of Bulatlat. He decried the on-going attacks on online media outlets Bulalat, Kodao and Altermidya by way of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

    Recently Prof Arao’s group conducted a mass action against the National Computer Emergency Response Team’s office in Quezon City. It must be noted that this government agency is responsiblble for the responding to security incidents such as denial of servoces/

    The activity ended with the organizers urging everyone to be more vigilant, and more than protest, to engage in positive action.

  8. Ampatuan Massacre, Basic Rights of People

    I was still a junior reporter for GMA Region VI when the Ampatuan massacre happened. I remembered that as part of the media industry, I prepared myself for the worst to happen. Especially during dangerous coverages. I usually leave the station with my cameraman, who’s also my driver. We did not carry anything that can protect us aside from my microphone and his camera. Those were our weapons every time we go out the field. I was often assigned to cover New People’s Army stories, and at that time, election related coverages.

    I thought about the worst things that might happen to me, but upon hearing the news about the massacre, I cannot help but sit down and cry. I was thinking, being in the industry was an opportunity for me to give back to the country that has nurtured me and to the people who has paid for my tuition since I was an iskolar ng bayan. That opportunity was also a threat to the career that I have chosen. I was able to interview some of the families of some of the reporters who were victims of the massacre. They wanted justice. They wanted someone to pay for what happened to their loved ones. They wanted people to see that they are in pain, and honestly, interviewing them face to face, I felt the pain. I was crushed.

    We were always taught in the war room to separate our personal emotions when it comes to interviewing emotional and sensitive topics. However, I cannot let that moment pass without me being personally affected. The victims of that massacre were people who were doing the same thing as me. I could have been assigned there and I could have been a victim.

    I left the industry and pursued teaching as my profession, and sadly, up until today, the case which I handled years ago is still a pressing issue up to now. Freedom of expression. Safety of the journalists. Safety of the people. Every election, I have seen how dirty politics can be. As what Mr. Nonoy Espina said, that case was a violation of our right to live. That aside from press freedom, it has spread threat to every people that their very right to live is at risk if you go against those who have the money, those who have the power, and those who wants more.

    When I left the industry, I thought of finding another way that I can still be of help to the people. I became a teacher and this time, I wanted to help by nurturing students to become better individuals. And still, now that I am taking my masteral degree, the issue that I handled so many years ago still haunts me. Still, it is not resolved. Questions, especially coming from the families of the victims are still unanswered.

    With the rise of alternative media, of the internet, more media platforms have an opportunity to relay what is happening in the society. The silencing of journalists should have been lessened since people, and the society are also guarding every happening around us.

    These thoughts came in mind based on my personal experiences as a reporter years ago. And these thoughts up to now still haunts me knowing that those who are in power still controls and threats press freedom in our country.

  9. Bonus: Defend Press Freedom

    National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Chair, Nonoy Espina, said in today’s media assembly held at the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication, that the level of intimidation being given by the government is the same level as it was during the time of Martial Law.

    He reminded the future journalists of the social responsibility they have to the country and its citizens. He also called for every student and journalist to remain vigilant, strong and keep defending press freedom.

    This assembly will be one of the media assemblies to be held in the University to further resist the attacks being thrown by the Duterte administration to the press.

    The assembly was ended by the lighting of candles to condemn the attacks at the same time hope for a better future for the press during the time of this administration.

  10. MASS ASSEMBLY BY JOURNALISM STUDENTS. MARCH 22, 2019

    At about 5:30pm of March 22, 2019, around 50 Journanalism majors of the College of Mass Communication conducted a protest rally to decry the ongoing pernicious assault on press freedom throughout the country. The assembly pointed at President Duterte as the main perpetrator of these attacks.

    Chants of “Makibaka” reverberate all around the parking lot of the College of Mass Communication, echoing its urgent messages within the immediate area of the college . The TV 5 network was there to cover the protest.

    One by one, media activist took turns speaking of their ommitments to thecause of press freedom. Lisa Ito of the Concerned Artists of the Philippines gave a historical background on the perennial assault of the gvernment on media – from the time of Martial Law to the present administration of Duterte, capping her speech not to allow the repressive forces to overcome the freedom of the press.

    Last to speak was Danilo Arao, Masscom professor, and concurrent Editor-in-Chief of Bulatlat. He decried the onc-going attacks on online media outlets Bulalat, Kodao and Altermidya by way of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

    Recently Prof Arao’s group conducted a mass action against the National Computer Emergency Response Team’s office in Quezon City. It must be noted that this government agency is responsiblble for the responding to security incidents such as denial of servoces/

    The activity ended with the organizers urging everyone to be more vigilant, and more than protest, to engage in positive action.

  11. Mobilization for Ampatuan Massacre

    ‘Let us not forget who we are, before we are journalist, we are citizens. At bilang citizens, may pananagutan tayo sa ating bayan.’ – Nonoy Espina, Director of National Union of Journalist of the Philippines

    These were one of the closing remarks in commemoration with the 10th Anniversary of Ampatuan Magindanao Massacre.

    Held in the University of the Philippines, was a candle lighting event in remembering the tragic event for Filipino Journalism and Media.

    Students of College Mass Communication and representatives from various media groups and organisations such as Concerned Artists of the Philippines and National Union of Journalists of the Philippines had a closing statements how media practitioners and students of media should always be reminded to defend the freedom of the nation and truth, and not be threatened to speak truth especially with the powerplay and the level of intimidation the government that is doing in our media landscape such as Rappler and ABS-CBN’s issues.

    In wrapping up the event, Professor Danilo Arao from Department Journalism headed the candle lighting with a closing statement that with all the media harassment that is happening in our current administration, his parting words are…

    ‘Ang kailangan nating tandaan, ang patuloy na pagsisighay ng ating pagkilos at pagpapalawak at pagpapalalim ng ating layunin at pagpapalaganap pa ng tamang impormasyon sa panahon ng kasinungalingan at sa panahon ng kadiliman.’

    Ampatuan commemoration will always be held during the 23rd of every month.

  12. Assignment: #6

    Topic: Fake News

    “California boarding school denies Imee Marcos was class valedictorian”

    The Santa Catalina School (Formerly known as Santa Catalina Convent) in Monterey, California denies that Imee Marcos was ever a class valedictorian in their school. According to Santa Catalina’s assistant head of school, John Aimé, it is impossible that Imee would ever be valedictorian because she never graduated in the first place.

    He clarifies however, that she did attend but for only for a short time in 1972.

    On February 6, an article published by Rappler provides a curriculum vitae by posted during her time at the House of Representatives that clearly shows claiming to have an MA in Management and Business Administration from the Asian Institute of Management (AIM), graduating cum laude from the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Law and earning a degree in “Religion and Politics” from Princeton University.

    Teodoro Herbosa, UP Executive Vice President debunked her claim that she graduated and received honors from the UP College of Law. However, he clarified that Imee still did study at the UP College of Law, but only took non-degree courses or courses without credit. He also stated that Imee did not graduate at UP Diliman at all. The Asian Institute of Management (AIM) also refutes Imee’s so-called “MA in Management and Business” because, according to the school registrar, the degree was never offered at AIM. Princeton deputy spokesperson, Michael Hotchkiss also chimed in, stating that Imee never finished her degree at Princeton.

    Santa Catalina School is the most recent entry in the growing list of schools disproving Imee’s purported educational attainment.

    References:
    https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/226319-imee-marcos-class-valedictorian-santa-catalina-school-california
    https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/222831-imee-marcos-record-up-college-law-graduated-cum-laude
    https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fact-check/221395-false-imee-marcos-princeton-degree
    https://web.archive.org/web/20051224170710/http:/www.congress.gov.ph/download/cv/marcoscv.pdf

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