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That Media Live Coverage be Banned During Police and/or Military Operations

It should and must not be. It is a denial of the freedom of the press and the right of the public to free information.

Posted by: Throy Castillejo Elizan
Date posted: Dec 26,2007
Replied by: ricky delapena | Date replied: Feb 23,2008

i beleive in freedom of the press, freedom of expression but in our case, media should mot be allowed to cover miltary and police operations. why?
first, mediamen doesn't know their limits everytime they cover such operations thus resulting to a slow resolution of the conflict being pacified by our government forces. mediamen even serves as shield of those fighting the government.
besides with the presence of the media, villains can become hero because of distortions being done in order to gain public sentiment.

we are really living in a democratic form of government but there is nop such thing as absolute democracy which i term simly as chaotic environment. everything has its rules to govern. the freedom that we are enjoying has corresponding responsibility which i doubt is in the mind of those ISSUE HUNGRY mediamen thinking onl;y of themselves and disregarding RESPONSIBLE JOURNALISM.


Replied by: Andrew | Date replied: Feb 20,2008

In my view, media- live coverage should not be banned during police and/or military operations because of the following reasons:

1. According to Article III, Section 4 of the Philippine Constitution, "No law shall be passed abridging the freedom of speech, of expression, or of the press. or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and petition the Government for redress of grievances."
It is clearly stated that no law shall be passed abridging the freedom of the press. Meaning, the government cannot deny the right of the media to cover all of what is happening in our society. Of course, except when it concerns about National Security.
2. The main reason why there is media is because to inform the people, to make them aware of all aspects, which are necessary for the development of the welfare of the people.
3. If media would be banned during military or police operations, how can everybody know what happened during that event. And how can the people tell whether the actions of the people involved are reasonable or not.

Apparently, media should not and cannot be banned during military and police operations!

Replied by: faisal ilyas dar | Date replied: Jan 08,2008

In my view, all those governments and socities will be in the favor of this statement that "Media Live Coverage be Banned During Police and/or Military Operations", who are tyrannic, oppressive or dictatorial in nature. But I think not those ones which are democratic in nature, believe in media freedom and respect the strenght and importance of public opinion.
So, this is really the denial of the press-freedom and against the rights of the public opinion, if governments try to ban the live coverage of military/ police operations. This is done beacause those governments are not sincere, straightforward and honest with thier nations.
We as a nation should build some strong norms and traditions regarding our rights through different forums, public opinion polls, and by peaceful processions.

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