Are We Doing Our Job?

Journalists discuss role of media in "extra ordinary times"

Truth and falsehood are mixed up. The world is moving either far left or far right, but the direction is not the matter, it's the distance. "Are we past the danger point?"

Editors and staff of the Philippines' media networks tried to answer this question at MediaNation 12, the annual gathering of journalists on September 9-10, 2016 in Taguig City. Representatives from ABS-CBN, CNN Philippines, GMA7, Inquirer, TV5, Rappler, and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), and Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication (AIJC) discussed opportunities and threats now that change has come.

The Philippines still stands out for the number of journalists being killed. Social media has also impacted professional safety. "Ethical journalism is still the best protection against attacks. When the public values your work, anyone who harms you would have to answer to them," was the consensus in the group.

MediaNation 12 was organized by Pagbabago@Pilipinas, and by supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF). "The events that are happening right now would lead us to ask 'is democracy passé?' But as long as we continue to engage in discussions, when there is an active and responsible media that contributes to civic education, democracy will never go out-of-date," said FNF Country Director Wolfgang Heinze.