Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bicol media revisits Code of Ethics

At least 80 media practitioners all over the Bicol region have committed to uphold the Journalist’s Code of Ethics in their respective professions and communities.

 Seminar Workshop on Revisiting Ethical Standards for Mass Media
Photo: PIA
The expression of commitment highlighted the Seminar Workshop on Revisiting Ethical Standards for Mass Media organized by the Albay Press Corps in coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP), provincial government of Albay and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Bicol regional office and Albay Information Center held February 22 at the Camp Simeon Ola here.

Together with media practitioners from the print, broadcast and television are information officers and personnel of the PNP and PIA in the province.

Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) online radio director and China Radio International correspondent Carmelo Acuña shared his significant experiences and insights on being a media practitioner as guest of honor and speaker “way back when mobile phones and emails were unheard of.”

“Nowadays, you have technology in your hands. However even without gadgets, as long as you are at the right place, at the right time and with the right questions, you can make news,” Acuña said.

He urged the participants to further learn and develop their skills and dedication to face and sustain the difficulties and challenges in the industry.

“Technology will always be changing but your skills and dedication will separate men from the boys. You can meet news personalities anywhere but if you are not prepared you will lose the opportunity,” he said.

Acuña added although speed comes with the recent technology used in gathering and dissemination of information, accuracy might be compromised.

Freedom of expression, use of latest technology, current practices, labor standards and economic conditions and well-being of media practitioners in the region are among the issues raised and discussed.

Acuña said although everyone has the freedom to express his opinion publicly it also comes with the responsibility to respect the rights and dignity of others citing the cybercrime law and the revised penal code of the Philippines which criminalizes libel and slander by act or deed.

“Freedom of expression is not absolute. It ends with the rights of others,” he stressed.

“It’s how you say it that will save you from trouble. Be careful with the use of adjectives and play of words. Know how to say things to be more effective because you might fail to convey the message. It’s not what you say but how you say it that matters,” Acuña further said.

In response to the need of giving due benefits and compensation of station managers and owners to their people, the participants urged their fellow journalists to organize as a group to help elevate their condition after retirement and to address unjust practices such as exploitation of the media which elicits perception of corruption.

“Station owners and managers have the responsibility to take care of their people,” he said.

“Looking back at yesterday's Forum, it was both a reunion and review of what ought to be in Media. It's challenging to learn of labor standards unheard of in some media outfits,” Acuña noted in his online account.

Furthermore, the event is also an opportunity for the media practitioners in the region to convene and express their sentiments in facing the realities and difficulties of being in the media industry particularly in upholding the truth and the dignity of the profession as part of the Journalist’s Code of Ethics.

“I thank God for the opportunity to meet colleagues in the media from way back. As I leave Legazpi for the salt mines called Metro Manila, I can only whisper prayers for them and their love ones, that God keep them safe and for them to keep their body and soul intact despite the rigors and difficulties in the exercise of their profession,” Acuña said.(MAL/SAA-PIA5/Albay)

 Seminar Workshop on Revisiting Ethical Standards for Mass Media
Photo: PIA
 Seminar Workshop on Revisiting Ethical Standards for Mass Media
Photo: PIA
 Seminar Workshop on Revisiting Ethical Standards for Mass Media
Photo: PIA

 Seminar Workshop on Revisiting Ethical Standards for Mass Media
Photo: PIA
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