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Often, when I meet people, they ask: What do you do? My standard reply is: I’m a journalist. Sometimes, I want to say “writer” but I picture novelists and literary writers with lots of angst when I say that word. It is, for me, an elevated status.

Posted on December 6, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug

At the core of the debate over WikiLeaks is the question of whether there are absolute rights. Should governments have absolute rights to secrecy, in the same way that individuals should have absolute rights to privacy? On what occasions can the abrogation of those rights be justified?

Posted on December 2, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Chay Florentino-Hofileña

Health financing reform is supposedly high in the agenda of the Aquino administration. To make health care more accessible to all, not a single cent that goes to health-related spending should be wasted.

Posted on November 30, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Gemma Bagayaua-Mendoza

The Swiss parliament passed a landmark law in October that allows them to freeze, confiscate, and restitute illicitly acquired assets. As soon as the law is passed in a referendum early next year, the first to benefit will be Haiti.

Posted on November 28, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug

In the Ampatuan murder trial, there is a clamor for live coverage because distrust of government — or in this specific case, the courts — is high. Dilatory tactics and questionable rulings are common, bribery and intimidation are often part of the behind-the-scenes maneuverings.

Posted on November 24, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Chay Florentino-Hofileña, Justice & Human Rights, Media, Sectors

Without doubt, the ongoing hearings on the Maguindanao 57, which includes 32 journalists and media workers, are of great public interest. How this will be resolved will say much about the new administration’s quest to right past wrongs.

Posted on November 22, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Institutions, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug, Media, Sectors, The Judiciary

Both news and entertainment play crucial roles in a people’s advancement. Too much slapstick and low-level entertainment makes for passive and less critical thinkers. Too much negativity and cynicism in news destroys a people’s ability to take pride in themselves and their country.

Posted on November 18, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Chay Florentino-Hofileña, Media, Sectors

Today, the Supreme Court justices resume their sessions after a two-week recess. It will be hard, though, for most of them to go about doing their business as usual. Something they did violated basic values of honesty and integrity — values they’re supposed to stand for.

Posted on November 15, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Institutions, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug, The Judiciary

The ratings of last Monday’s (November 8 ) primetime newscasts and shows provide us rich insights into the Filipino news viewing audience, the minds of TV networks, and the cozy relationship between media and politics.

Posted on November 11, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Chay Florentino-Hofileña, Media

While the changes PNoy has made are largely about style, these are also about a culture that is slowly seeping in. These are about not flaunting power, about the meaning of being in public office. In a country that is steeped in class consciousness, this counts for much.

Posted on November 8, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Marites Dañguilan-Vitug

The online medium is a playground for any one who dares access it. Anyone who is foolish, reckless, and careless is bound to get it. Post anything incendiary, stupid, or insensitive and you’re sure to feel the wrath and fury of the online world.

Posted on November 4, 2010   |   CATEGORY: Blogs, Chay Florentino-Hofileña, Media, Sectors
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