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Veteran journalist sees ‘online mosquito press’ emerging under a Marcos Jr. presidency

Veteran journalist sees ‘online mosquito press’ emerging under a Marcos Jr. presidency

News
By NILLICENT BAUTISTA AN ONLINE mosquito press similar to media outlets critical of the government during Martial Law may emerge if a massive censorship is imposed under a Marcos Jr. presidency, a veteran journalist said.  Mosquito Press, also called the alternative press, emerged in the 1980s when the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr. controlled and silenced the media during Martial Law. Marcos likened the small and independent newspapers that resisted his dictatorship to mosquitoes that can be easily swatted.  His son and namesake Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., has consistently topped surveys on preferred presidential candidates for the 2022 polls.  “Should massive censorship happen, which I expect under a Marcos regime, there will still be media outlets. Except this ...
‘Fact-checking not enough to fight disinformation’

‘Fact-checking not enough to fight disinformation’

News
FACT-CHECKING is “good,” but is not enough to combat the proliferation of disinformation online, a veteran journalist and educator said.  “Is doing fact-checking enough? To be honest with you, it’s not enough…It can do a lot of good things, [but] it won’t definitely be enough,” UST journalism professor and former ABS-CBN News Channel anchor Christian Esguerra said during a policy forum organized by the Far Eastern University Public Policy Center last April 26. “Ask the ordinary people in the streets, online, on Facebook, on YouTube, on Tiktok. Even if you give them links to information that have been fact-checked. Ordinarily, for those who have already made up their minds, they wouldn't really bother to look at the facts,” he added. Esguerra, who hosts the podcast “Facts First...
Youth urged to educate cynical voters, fact-check politicians

Youth urged to educate cynical voters, fact-check politicians

News
JOURNALISM PROFESSORS and media professionals have urged the youth to educate voters who have lost faith in the electoral process and to scrutinize the statements of candidates running for office. ABS-CBN News Channel anchor and UST journalism professor Christian Esguerra said the youth’s role in the upcoming elections is significant because they can help other voters come up with informed decisions. “Malaki ang role niyong kabataan [sa eleksyon] kasi kayo ang magtuturo doon sa mga botanteng naging cynical na. You can help guide them, even your parents [and] the elders (The youth has a big role in the elections because you will teach voters that have become cynical. You can guide them, even your parents and the elders),” Esguerra said during the Boboto AKO sa 2022 webinar last We...
Fake news epidemic: Journalism in the post-truth era

Fake news epidemic: Journalism in the post-truth era

Issues
THE MEDIA is under attack. Releasing content on different platforms—print, broadcast, and online—the media has always been a trusted source of news and information. But in the past few months, the Philippines has seen a surge of fake news posted on social media sites, and even with real information being a click away, there are online users who choose to believe fabricated stories. With fake news sowing confusion within media consumers, legitimate news sources are now discredited and getting attacks from readers. These incidents signal the post-truth era, in which readers tend to believe news that appeal to their emotions rather than those that contain facts and logical arguments. In the time of developing technology, how is fake news created and what are its implications on j...