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TF urges media to partner with gov’t
by PNA release

The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) last week called on members of the media to partner with the government in protecting press freedom in the Philippines.

“We are calling upon our colleagues in the media to be continuing partners in sustaining the gains in terms of protecting press freedom and be reminded of the fundamental responsibility of members of the Fourth Estate to adhere to established professional and ethical standards in the practice of their profession,” PTFoMS Executive Director Usec. Joel Egco said in a statement.

Egco’s statement coincided with the celebration of World Press Freedom which is observed every May 3.

This year’s celebration has the theme, “Media for democracy: Journalism and elections in times of disinformation” this year, which Egco said is “very appropriate for the Philippines’ as the country approaches the mid-term elections on May 13.

“In harmonizing the purpose of celebrating World Press Freedom Day with this year’s theme, we are prompted to examine the issues confronting the stakeholders of a free press and to formulate policies that will address and resolve these issues,” he said.

He raised the concern on the so-called “vulnerabilities of media workers” said to be rooted in the media’s failure to adhere to the principles of “truthfulness, fairness, and accuracy in reporting the news.”

“Fortunately, this concern has also been shared by the active media partners of the task force that have been very supportive of its activities and have been helpful in proposing policies geared towards the protection of media workers,” he said.

“Accordingly, the task force continue to work with these media partners as it maps out its upcoming activities for the rest of the year,” he added. 

The task force consists of the secretaries of the Interior and Local Government and national defense and the solicitor-general, the executive director of the Presidential Human Rights Committee, the chiefs of the military and the police and the director of the National Bureau of Investigation.


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