"Political weather and whims should not dictate the fate of ABS-CBN" -CHR

"Political weather and whims should not dictate the fate of ABS-CBN" -CHR

The Commission on Human Rights has given its weigh on the ABS-CBN legislative franchise renewal and the actions done by the Office of the Solicitor General in petitioning the Supreme Court asking for the termination of the legislative franchise of the said tv network by way of a quo warranto proceeding.

The CHR finds it a major concern that all of these are happening to the tv network.

“Media networks provide services to the public in multitude ways. Political weather and whims should not dictate the fate of ABS-CBN, or any other media network, that serves as a pillar of press freedom and democracy,” CHR spokesperson Atty. Jacqueline de Guia said. 

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“Thousands of employees could lose their job if the franchise is not renewed. If this happens to one huge media company, then it will send a chilling effect to other media networks, which can result in a more abysmal state of press freedom, including our access to information and freedom of expression,” de Guia added.

CHR in celebrating the National Press Week said that “the press plays a vital role in fostering social good and in enabling other freedoms by speaking truth to power and bringing relevant information to the public.”
“The press guards the truth, which anchors our values and all that we hold dear. Our freedoms can easily be snatched from us if not for the valuable information, factual reportage, and awareness provided by free press. Let us stand with the fourth estate so they may continue to blaze the light of truth that shields our rights and freedoms,” she said. 

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