Despite ABS-CBN woes, Media should not be intimidated by threats - Sen. Poe

Despite ABS-CBN woes, Media should not be intimidated by threats - Sen. Poe




Senator Grace Poe a known to be an ally of the Lopez-controlled ABS-CBN Corporation is urging media not to take the denial of a legislative franchise of the Kapamilya network as a restraint to do their duty.
She maintains that media should remain fearless despite what transpired in Congress.

“We really have to strengthen our institutions and with that media should also be strengthened,” Poe told CNN Philippines. “If we have a strong media and strong accountability in this country, I think that lawmakers will be very cautious to do the right thing.”
Senator Grace Poe
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She said ultimately, the Filipino people will be the judge as to the actions done in the House of Representatives.
“Should the media be afraid? I hope not, because the media’s work is important to present to us what is happening around us, and our countrymen will be the ones to decide whether or not they have been fair,” Poe said.
When pressed upon to answer if what transpired in the denial of the franchise is an attack on press freedom, the lady senator explained : “Maybe legally they did not put it on paper, but indications would point that some of their reasoning would really say that people now are being very cautious of what they say, if it might be perceived as something that might be offensive to some people in government.”


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