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Jourmalists push for magna carta

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (16 January) -- Journalists in Davao City were one in asking for protection and welfare through the Magna Carta for Journalists, a bill that is long delayed but is promised to be pushed by some lawmakers.

Former Cavite Representative and a television journalist Gilbert Remulla, in a visit here yesterday (January 14), also urged the media to further push the lawmakers approve the Magna Carta.

The said bill aims to provide mandatory life, health and accident insurance for journalists. After being heard in the Senate, the said Magna Carta is currently being reviewed by a technical working group and is still pending at the House of Representatives.

He bared that certain significant issues are being debated within the level of the technical working group. The definition of a journalist is one thing that has to be studied and defined well. The health insurance has also its gray area since it would be difficult for the government to subsidize the insurance of a private entity.

However, Remulla is optimistic that the passage of this bill would be pushed in the next congress after the inhumane massacre experience by a number of journalists in Ampatuan, Maguindanao.

He said now is the best time to talk about the profession and this becomes an eye opener for everyone to ensure journalists their rights and protection.

Media practitioners are urged to become more vigilant in guarding the proceedings of the Ampatuan case as the election fever may spoil fair judgment.

Before leaving Davao, journalists as represented by the Davao Press Club Treasurer Marilyn Roque received one desktop computer set donated by Remulla as his way of assisting journalists nationwide effectively deliver their jobs.

Black t-shirts printed with "Stop Killing Journalists" were also given out to intensify such advocacy. (PIA XI) [top]

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