NAGA CITY (14-Mar-2013) – “Presence of PH media assures balanced reporting, safety of civilians”
“They don’t want misreporting? Or perhaps they don’t want the world to know what is truly happening in Sabah?” asked Makabayan senatorial candidate Teddy Casiño of Malaysia’s decision to ban Philippine journalists in Sabah.
“This is not only curtailment of the freedom of the press but discrimination at its worst,” the former journalist and three-term congressman said.
Casiño pointed out the crucial role of the media in the Philippines and in other democracies in the world.
“Without media, those in power can get away with abuses. Without media, we can’t get the other side, even if it is unpopular. The Malaysiaban on Philippine journalists is suspicious. Who is to decide who is misreporting? What they probably want is news that is in their favor. The Philippine government and the United Nations should oppose the ban,” said Casiño.
Casiño, who was a former segment reporter for ABS-CBN and columnist for Business World, pointed out that while the Philippines is considered a dangerous place for journalists, local media remain resilient and substantially principled.
“Allowing media to flourish and self-regulate based on their own set of ethics and values is the best option that will result in fair and humane reporting. Let us remember that if not for journalists, atrocities of war and conflict will remain unreported,” Casiño said.