June 24, 2017
At a time when Philippine journalism is being challenged by many Filipinos to be true to its vow of being truthful, balanced and fair in our reportage and commentaries, we hereby reaffirm our commitment to the same.
At a time when it has become even more difficult to ferret truth from lies, spins and fakery, we hereby restate our firm promise to a high sense of responsibility and honesty in the practice of our chosen profession.
We do so as we express our support to our esteemed colleague Ed Lingao who is now being pilloried and threatened by some quarters.
According to the Philippine Broadcast Code of 2011, we should observe the following:
Admittedly, some colleagues have forgotten these ethical standards that should govern our work as broadcasters and journalists. We believe Ed Lingao’s main intention in calling out a fellow broadcaster who commented on a fake news item was to remind us of these and to protect our profession from further erosion of the people’s trust and respect of Filipinos.
We take Mr Lingao’s criticism as a general challenge to all journalists and broadcasters.
Indeed, we, from time to time, need reminding.
National Union of Journalists of the Philippines
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