Laban vs disinformation, palalakasin ng media workers welfare bill – CHR

Laban vs disinformation, palalakasin ng media workers welfare bill – CHR

December 7, 2022 @ 7:43 PM 2 months ago


MANILA, Philippines – Umaasa ang Commission on Human Rights (CHR) na palalakasin ng kakapasa pa lamang na proposed Media Workers Welfare Act sa Kamara ang laban kontra disinformation.

“CHR acknowledges the bill’s measure on the responsibility of media entities in terms of possible gross negligence or malicious acts of block timers and media workers,” pahayag ng CHR nitong Miyerkules, Disyembre 7.

“We hope that this bolsters the culture of due diligence and truth-telling amid threats of disinformation.”

Ang tinutukoy ng CHR ay ang House Bill 454 na naglalayong magbigay ng regularization sa mga media employees makalipas ang anim na buwan ng pagtatrabaho nito, kasama ang sapat na pasahod.

Kasama rin dito ang pagbibigay ng benepisyo sa mga alagad ng media tulad ng basic social security and welfare benefits na naaayon sa mandato ng batas, disability benefit, medical insurance, at death benefit sa pamilya ng masasawing mamamahayag habang ginagampanan ang kanilang tungkulin.

“CHR thus supports the passage of House Bill 454,” ayon sa Komisyon.

Magtatakda rin ang HB 454 para sa mas angat na kalagayan ng press freedom, demokrasya at human rights sa bansa.

“We look forward to a more open and consultative climate between the government and journalists in the country to better explore and appropriate responsive solutions to challenges faced in practice and on the ground,” anila.

Sinegundahan din ng CHR ang rekomendasyon ng United Nations Human Rights Committee sa pamahalaan:

“refrain from prosecuting and imprisoning journalists, media workers, and other civil society actors [through the use of criminal and civil legal actions] as a means of deterring or discouraging them from freely expressing their opinions.”

“CHR has long since stood in solidarity with the media community and called for substantive legislation that will foster a healthy media environment, where workers are not only able to conduct their duty without fear of intimidation, violence, or reprisals, but also boost their collective morale. As we commend the immediate passage of House Bill 454, CHR equally calls for the enactment of support for community media and publications who may lack funding to implement the bill’s provisions,” ayon pa sa CHR.

“We ask that their position also be taken into consideration during the bicameral conference conference of the lower and upper Congress chambers.” RNT/JGC