Why Study Media: Press Freedom
We study media because it plays a very vital role in our life. It updates us on what is happening around us, and in the whole world. One important part of media is broadcasting, telling the world what, when, where, why and how a certain situation happened, and who were the people involved. Thus, bringing us to the jobs of the mediamen, they are those who work for any kinds of media sources like newspapers, radio, and television.
One situation was the coup d’état last Thursday, November 29, 2007, headed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, for the second time around. Some of us might not know it during that time for maybe we were busy with work or school etc; but because of the compliance of the mediamen to let us know about it, they went there even though they know that there is a chance for them to get hurt or worse, killed, in the coup that was going on there. The media men who were covering the certain event were taken as captives. They were handcuffed and were taken to a military camp by bus. "A shocking image that sends fears down the spine of journalists, but is also very clearly a violation of basic human rights.” said Roy Mabasa, NPC president. “This conduct clearly violates the rights of media practitioners and makes a mockery of the implementation of our laws. Due respect must be given to the least of our people, much more to journalists in line of duty” Senator Manny Villar said. They were desecrated just to have a scoop; one media men even sneaked his cellphone to call the network where he was working and tell them everything that is happening. Imagine that, he has already been held has captive by the rebels and yet he still manage to report the news.
Right then and there, media played a crucial role in delivering to us the news, but there is another side of the story. "We have reports that some members of the media even helped or have assisted Marine Capt. Nicanor Faeldon escape," the police investigator said. Accordingly, the media have become the shield of the rebels furthermore was liable to have slowed down the detainment of those who rebelled. They may even be charged of obstruction of justice."This is not an attack on the freedom of the press. We are just drawing the line here for some media men whom we believe to be in cahoots with coup plotters," the police official pointed out. Maybe this was for their own good; because nowadays mediamen are very insistent of covering such things that they were not supposed to. They show to the world the bad side of the country, of our politics. They have abused their freedom and wanted to do what they want and does not mind at all how it could affect others and if they meddle in other people’s business. They say that it is for the people to know, have not they thought that this situation will be less appalling if they were not there. They should have back away instead of going in the middle of the coup. Still, they would say that they were just doing their jobs.
Senator Trillanes finally stepped-down and was arrested. After they had been freed, the media still continued to do their job. They will still carry on even after all of the sadistic things that they have experienced. This is one of the good sides of mediamen; they are dedicated to their job. They keep it going for the sake of the news that they could bring to us to be informed. They need not care of what is going to happen to them. They continued to report each and every detail that they have gone through.
In the coming future, for sure, this event will be forgotten just like everything else. There will be much bigger news that will set this aside. And yet the media will still be there doing their jobs as a carrier of the message which they will bring us. The media will never be gone for as long as there is news, they will be there. They will do whatever they can to get the scoop.
Therefore, we need media and we need to study it, for, maybe, at some point in the future, we will be the ones who will deliver our message, our news to others. We will be those who risked everything just like in the said event. If we don’t, there will be no one to take the places of those that became part of history.
- Manila Bulletin, Nov. 30, 2007