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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Veteran journalist on Rappler's case: "Ang mali ay mali kahit sino ka pa!!!”

Ira Panganiban / Photo from Facebook

Veteran journalist Ira Panganiban took to the site to express his opinion on the matter of free speech and freedom of the press brought about by the issue of Rappler’s cancellation of their license to operate.

In the post, Panganiban pointed out the contradiction and hypocrisy of those who cry against the cancellation.



He said that during the martial law era, reporters and journalists were imprisoned because they were “makulit”. It seemed to imply that during that time, journalists who were hell bent in going against the administration were justifiably punished.

He added that during former President Corazon “Cory” Aquino’s term, if you went up against her, you will immediately be filed for a libel case.

Panganiban said that the freedom of speech is still present, but only that journalists should be mindful of what they say because of course, they will be punished and they will have to pay the price if they go out of line.

He said that because the media is fighting the government, they should expect that at one point, who they are going against is bound to hit back too.

Ending the post, it said that media should now report facts and not opinion in order to not be persecuted.

Read the full post here:

“Nung panahon ng Martial Law, yang kulit niyong yan, sarado na kayo kulong pa mga reporters niyo!

Nung si Cory naman, magkamali ka lang pintasan si Tita C, libel ka na, kulong ka pa!

Anong suppression of media and free speech pinagsasabi ninyo?

Eh tigas kayong makasigaw, makapintas ay makaalipusta ng Pangulo at mga kasama niya di ba?

Nang-away kayo di ba? Dapat at some point alam ninyong papatulan din kayo dahil madami ng mali sa ulat ninyo.

Tapos nung pinatulan kayo ng ligal, iiyak kayo at sisigaw ng oppression of the media. Eh kayo nga may sabit diba?

Porke Media puwede na hindi sumunod sa batas. Eh di kayo din yung ibinibintang ninyo sa kanya diba? Ano pinagkaiba niyo? Bakit kami maniniwala sa inyo?

Pwede ba! Yung mga idolo kong journalist, nung ML na panahon na binabaril ang taga-ulat, kahit nakakulong hindi umiyak at humingi ng resbak.


Sa loob ng kulungan patuloy silang nagsulat at lumaban. Sa loob, sa gitna ng posibilidad na sila ay mamatay, Hindi Nila Topic Ang Banta Sa Sarili Nila.

Eh ngayon, nginaratan lang kayo, iyak agad kayo at takbo ng resbak sa mga lolo’t lola ninyo sa ibang bansa. Hanap agad kayo ng kakampi.

Taena. Puwede ba, kung ang pakay ninyo ay igiya ang direksiyon ng pamumuno sa bansa, tumakbo kayo sa susunod na eleksiyon.

Ngayon kung Media kayo, mag-ulat kayo ng facts hindi opinion.

Huwag kayo magtago sa likod ng “mass media!”

Ang mali ay mali kahit sino ka pa!!!”


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