Law on Mass Media & Comm 7th Exercise “Protected Aspects” of Privacy. The Newsworthiness Standard, Legitimate Public Interest Standard, Deadline Nov. 14

Law on Mass Media and Communication 7th Exercise “Protected Aspects” of Privacy. The Newsworthiness Standard. Legitimate Public Interest Standard. Deadline extended to Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at 5pm.

      Enumerate at least five “protected aspects” of an individual’s privacy (private aspects of an individual’s life) that cannot be the subject of publication/ cannot be publicly disclosed unless they involve public interest and are newsworthy (or the person has waived privacy by volunteering the information ) ; then, submit a sample of a news feature/ news report/ feature report/ op-ed/ (time frame: media exposure/ media coverage  from August 1, 2019 to November 14, 2019) to illustrate when such an aspect of a public person’s life has become of public interest and therefore can be published or publicly disclosed.
BONUS: For an additional 5pts, and in a separate post marked as “Explainer”, explain why the subject matter in the sample you chose has become of public interest or is newsworthy by: 1)using the categories discussed in class and 2)applying the standards established by jurisprudence. (a general explanation will not merit any points).

     The deadline for both is on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 5pm. As usual, this is on a “first-submitted-first-credited” method ( time frame : media coverage from Aug. 1, 2019 to Nov. 14, 2049) : Class members are not allowed to copy the sample or topic that has been submitted by their classmate.

    Happy reading!

4 comments

  1. “Protected Aspects” of Privacy. The Newsworthiness Standard. Legitimate Public Interest Standard.

    “Protected Aspects” of an Individual’s Privacy (Private Aspects of an Individual’s Life)
    1. Physical Condition/Health
    2. Mental Condition
    3. Family Relations
    4. Romantic Relations
    5. Sexual Orientation

    ‘Unbearable’ back pain forces Duterte to cut short Japan trip – 22 October 2019

    Source: https://www.rappler.com/nation/243134-unbearable-back-pain-forces-duterte-cut-japan-trip-short

    Due to “unbearable pain” in his back, President Rodrigo Duterte “decided to fly back to the Philippines right after attending Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony in Japan,” announced Malacañang. The “unbearable pain in his spinal column near the pelvic bone [is] a consequence of his fall during his motorcycle ride last Thursday, October 17,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo stated. Duterte was seen aided by a cane when he attended Emperor Naruhito’s enthronement ceremony. Despite this, Panelo assured the public that “there is nothing to worry [about] as regards the physical health and condition of the President.”

    Additionally, a video shared by Senator Bong Go showed Duterte’s right eye drooping and “he looked tired as he addressed the Filipino people”. He also had a video call with his former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman where he told her that he needed to see a neurologist, but Zimmerman told him that he needed to see an orthopedic spine specialist.

    This news report illustrates when private aspects of an individual’s life – in this case, physical condition/health – has become a matter of public interest and therefore can be published or publicly disclosed.

  2. Explainer

    News Article: ‘Unbearable’ back pain forces Duterte to cut short Japan trip

    The subject matter in this news article has become of public interest because President Duterte is a public official, specifically an elected public official. The rule is that when a report involves public officials, it becomes a matter of public concern; therefore, the news report on Duterte’s physical condition/health can be published or publicly disclosed.

    In this case, the “Public Figure Doctrine” sets in – “if the report is true, with or without malice, there is no liability”. The report is true because the information came from reliable sources, such as Panelo and Go. In addition, the news article is a form of qualified privileged communication because it’s a “fair and true report, made in good faith, without comment, of any matter of public interest and concern”. Therefore, it is exempt from libel.

  3. “Protected Aspects” of Privacy. The Newsworthiness Standard. Legitimate Public Interest Standard.

    5 “Protected Aspects” of an Individual’s Privacy (Private Aspects of an Individual’s Life):
    1. Sexual Orientation (Heterosexual, Homosexual, Bisexual)
    2. Sexual Relations (Person you go to bed with)
    3. Financial Status (Income, etc.)
    4. Emotional Condition (Temporary feelings including grief, etc.)
    5. Physical condition (Diseases like tuberculosis, etc.)

    News story showcasing a person’s sexual orientation as public interest:

    Amid controversy, ex-MYX VJ Alex Diaz comes out as bisexual – Oct 22, 2019

    Source: https://news.abs-cbn.com/life/10/22/19/amid-controversy-ex-myx-vj-alex-diaz-comes-out-as-bisexual

    After being accused of making indecent proposals to a fitness coach, Alex Diaz revealed that he is bisexual. He explained, “It was not my intention to hurt anyone or elude the truth of who I am for all these years, but rather a showbiz decision based on the state of our nation in regards to acceptance and representation of who I am.”

    Alex Diaz added that he would “seek help, heal, and champion change, acceptance, and representation for the bisexual community and/or anyone who is met with prejudice in our society.” Furthermore, the actor said, “I sincerely thank everyone for not failing to remind me that I am human and that I, too, am loved. Never again will I be shackled by the fear of what might be said about who I am for fear of losing my career”.

    The news story shows a private aspect of one’s life – sexual orientation, being disclosed to the public, as the person involved is a public figure.

  4. Explainer:

    The news story can be considered a public interest (for some), as it gives light on an issue regarding a public figure who gained prominence for great talent/beauty.

    We can consider the report to be fair and true, without malice, as it cites the actor in the content. The story details Alex Diaz’s statement without painting any picture or twisting the actor’s words. As such, libel was not committed.

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