Cebu Citizens-Press Council

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Journalism law database planned

June 28th, 2012 · No Comments

(Signed during the 27th en banc meeting of the Cebu Citizens-Press Council on June 28, 2012 at MBF Cebu Press Center)


[] There is a need for a database that comprises the law and jurisprudence affecting media and journalists and a record of incidents regarding violence, abuse, or harassment of journalists and their co-workers, with focus and emphasis on the Cebu experience;

[] Such a database will be useful to practitioners of both law and media, not only for purposes of litigation but also for research on news stories and in defending against proposed legislation and acts of government that may impinge on press freedom;

[] The storage of information will help media practitioners and future journalists in avoiding libel, contempt, violence and other pitfalls of media work;

[] It will also be beneficial to any study of the growth of Cebu journalism and journalism practices that show efforts at sharpening the journalists’ sense of accountability to their public and the rest of society.

THEREFORE, the Cebu Citizens-Press Council (CCPC) and Cebu Media Legal Aid (Cemla) initiate, in partnership with the two chapters of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Cebu City Chapter and Cebu Chapter, the project called:


* Journalism Law, Jurisprudence
* Cases of Assault on Media
Cebu Citizens-Press Council
(CCPC) and Cebu Media Legal Aid
(Cemla) with IBP Cebu City and
IBP Cebu Chapters

UNDER THIS MEMORANDUM, the parties hereby agree that:

1. CCPC shall provide the CCPC website ( as storehouse for the website, managing CEBUJOURNLAW, handling the design and posting of content and keeping responsibility for control and maintenance of the database;

2. Cemla shall oversee selection and the tasks of summarizing, and converting into digital form of the content on journalism law and jurisprudence; and for the purpose shall agree with IBP Cebu City Chapter and IBP Cebu Chapter on operation procedures and work of volunteers or hired services they may tap for the purpose;

3. The parties shall periodically assess progress on startup and run of the project and agree on changes that may be needed.

SIGNED THIS 28th day of June, 2012, during the 27th en banc meeting of the Cebu Citizens-Press Council at the MBF Cebu Press Center in Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines.

(The memorandum of agreement was signed by Sabino R. Dapat, vice president –  Cebu Citizens-Press Council; Atty. Elias L. Espinoza, president, Cebu Media Legal Aid; Atty. Earl M. Bonachita – president, Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Cebu City Chapter; and Atty. Ferdinand A. Pepito, president, Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Cebu Chapter. Signing as witnesses were Elias O. Baquero, president – Cebu Federation of Beat Journalists; and Atty. Ruphil F. Bañoc, chairman, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas-Cebu Chapter.)

Tags: CCPC Papers and Resolutions · Cebu Media Legal Aid

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