One thing I appreciate with internet is the archiving of news and events.
I suggest that people who hold positions in the government and organizations should check the archives before they issue statements.
KBP on News Blackout
Don’t blame media
The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP) or Association of Broadcasters of the Philippines on Tuesday said the media should not be placed in a bad light with how Monday's hostage-taking incident ended. KBP president Herman Basbaño said the media should not be blamed for airing blow-by-blow coverage of the hostage-taking incident since it is merely performing its duty to keep the public informed.
He maintained that the media cannot be prevented from covering newsworthy events like the hostage-taking the other day since media blackout will be a violation of the public's right to know.
“The media was just doing its job in line with the public's right to information. No body from the media can just put to halt their coverage especially if the incident is transpiring right before them, or even if it is something that will be damaging to the image of the country," he said.
Nagbibiro yata siya. Dahil kung chineck niya itong balita tungkol kay Ces Drilon na ABS CBN broadcast executive na nakidnap ng ASG, nagkaroon ng power outage errm news blackout noon.
The biggest story last Monday did not appear on INQUIRER.net or the pages of its parent company , the Philippine Daily Inquirer. Other major news groups -- print, broadcast, online media -- didn’t carry the story either.
Broadcasting giant ABS-CBN maintained it had good reason to ask media outfits to hold the story on the alleged abduction of its senior correspondent Ces Oreña-Drilon in Sulu by armed men said to be members of the Abu Sayyaf group.
“The request was made primarily for the security and safety of Ces and her companions. At that time (Monday), we did not know what their situation was. We don’t want to speculate on any information that would jeopardize their safety,” said Bong Osorio, ABS-CBN head of corporate communications.