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PIA Press Release
2008/02/21

PAPI, ex-CBCP prexy call for media sobriety

By Rachelle M. Nessia

Manila (21 February) -- The Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (PAPI) is calling on the media to exercise sobriety in their reportage.

In a statement issued Feb 15, PAPI President Juan Dayang stressed that media should not play into the hands of "those who seek to destabilize the duly constituted government and erode the people's sacred faith in our democracy."

Dayang noted that media sobriety could "help ease heated political debates and fortify the bonds of national unity, peace and progress."

On the other hand, PAPI's Dayang noted that media sobriety could "help ease heated political debates and fortify the bonds of national unity, peace and progress."

"In these times of uncertainty, prudence dictates that we in the mass media take the side of caution and moderation so as not to exacerbate current tensions," he said.

He urged his fellow media practitioners to instead play up and give "extra focus" on positive developments that abound in the news scene, "rather than cater to the whims and caprices of grandstanding and publicity-seeking politicians."

On the same note, former president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi—now the archbishop of Nueva Caceres in the Bicol Region- clarified that the CBCP's recent statement on "communal action" never called for mass action.

Archbishop Legaspi, who was CBCP president during the late 1980s and the early 90s, lamented what he called the media's "spin" on the CBCP's statement in an interview over the Catholic Church's Radio Veritas, according to the news section of the CBCP website.

"… Legaspi has accused the media of giving a 'spin' on CBCP's recent statement, saying that the term 'communal action' was wrongly taken as street protests and other 'mass action,'" said the CBCP website news. (PIA/RMN) [top]

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