Cebu Citizens-Press Council

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Right to reply bill changes sought

September 27th, 2008 · No Comments

AFTER the right to reply bill in the Senate was passed, the Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) has decided to place its focus on the House bill, which is still to undergo deliberations.

During the CCPC’s 12th quarterly meeting last Sept. 26, 2008 at Victoria Hall of Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Frank Malilong of the Cebu Media Legal Aid presented to the CCPC en banc the amendments to House Bill 3306 (of Reps. Angara, Puentevella, Fua, Abante, Lapus, Tieng and Zialcita) that were proposed by a group of local editors and Cemla lawyers in a meeting last Aug. 13, 2008 at Club Ultima.

The proposed amendments included those in regard to the space where the reply might be published, the time frame within which the reply may be published or aired, as well as the amounts of the penalties that may be imposed on those media outlets deemed to have violated a person’s right to reply.

The proposed amendments have been transmitted to Rep. Raul del Mar for bringing up when the bill goes to the floor for debates.

Earlier, on June 11, 2008, the counterpart bill in the Upper House, Senate Bill 2150, had been approved on Second Reading, with amendments.

In line with its mission to tackle media issues, the CCPC then screened a
CCPC- and Cebu Press Freedom Week Inc.-produced documentary entitled
“Access Denied: Journalists’ Lament, News Sources’ Plea.”

The 20-minute film featuring journalists and news sources, including Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia, Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeńa, Deputy Ombudsman of the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas Pelagio Apostol and Police Regional Office 7 Director Ronald Roderos, tackled the frustrations of journalists in gaining access to information, as well as the concerns raised by news sources against journalists seeking to get information from them.

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