NTF-ELCAC sa NUJP: “Journalism must be in service of truth”

NTF-ELCAC sa NUJP: “Journalism must be in service of truth”

July 1, 2022 @ 8:56 AM 1 month ago


MANILA, Philippines – Pinaalala ng National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF ELCAC) sa National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) ang tunay na misyon ng isang mamamahayag.

“Journalism must always remain in the service of the truth, it should not be subservient to the vested interests of any person or group. Otherwise, it is not journalism in the truest sense of the word. It is already engaging in the realm of propaganda,” ayon kay NTF-ELCAC spokesperson for Legal Affairs Flosemer Chris Gonzales.

Sinabi ng NTF ELCAC na muli kasing inakusahan ng NUJP ang gobyerno ng “harassment, restricting press freedom and silencing journalism.”

Sa ulat, umani ng kritisismo ang pag-block ng National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) sa dalawang news websites at 26 pang iba sa layuning “kontra-terorismo” ng gobyerno — pero ayon sa mga journalist at aktibista, atake ito ng estado sa malayang pamamahayag.

Nagmula ito sa request ni National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. sa NTC na i-takedown ang 28 websites sa dahilang “may kaugnayan at sinusuportahan” daw nito ang rebeldeng Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army and National Democratic Front of the Philippines.

Iyon nga lamang, damay din dito ang alternative media sites ng Bulatlat at Pinoy Weekly, na siyang mga lehitimong organisasyon ng mga peryodista na naglalabas ng balita, lathalatin at opinyon. Hindi rin designated bilang terorista ng Anti-Terorism Council ang dalawa.

“Bulatlat, the longest-running and award-winning online media outfit and the authority in human rights reporting in the Philippines, condemns this brazen violation of our right to publish, and of the public’s right to free press and free expression,” sabi ng Bulatlat sa isang pahayag.

Ang buwelta naman ni Gonzales, ang naging pahayag ng NUJP’ ay “discordant response to the issues it raised.”

Aniya pa, may balidong legal grounds ang SEC para ipatigil ang operasyon ng Rappler.

Sa ulat, ipinag-utos ng Securities and Exchange Commission na ipasara ang online news organization na Rappler. Ayon mismo sa lider ng organisasyon na si Maria Ressa, ang SEC ruling na may petsang Hunyo 28 ay kumpirmasyon ng pagpapatigil sa kanilang operasyon.

Nanindigan ang SEC sa kanilang naunang desisyon noong 2018 na i-revoke ang certificates of incorporation ng Rappler Inc. at Rappler Holdings Corp.

Ayon kay Ressa, itutuloy ng Rappler ang kanilang operasyon sa ngayon habang naghihintay ng pagpapatibay ng Korte.

“In this country of laws, no one is above the law. No one. Definitely not Rappler,” tugon naman ni Gonzales.

Idinagdag pa nito na na may sapat na “cause and reason” ang NTC para ipag-utos ang pag-block sa Bulatlat at Pinoy Weekly.

Ang naging kahilingan aniya ni Esperon sa NTC “is based on undisputed hard facts and evidence [which the NUJP and all other pocket reactionary groups have refused to perceive and understand objectively] that would warrant the issuance of the NTC order”.

Sinabi pa niya na “the regulation of blocktime broadcasting arrangements is a reasonable exercise of regulatory powers by the NTC.”

“freedom of expression and press freedom are very much alive in the country as demonstrated by the fact that the NUJP can react and criticize freely the actions of the government and its agencies,” dagdag na pahayag nito.

“If the NUJP so intends, they can criticize the government on a daily basis but that will not change the fact that the government agencies like the SEC and the NTC have their respective mandates to implement the law and exercise their regulatory powers as allowed under our laws,” aniya pa rin. Kris Jose