ILOILO CITY: Media practitioners and various partners will formally launch the Iloilo Media-Citizen Council (IMCC) and the Western Visayas Journalists’ Guide at the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) here on Saturday.
Former Supreme Court Associate Justice Francis Jardeleza, a UPV alumnus, will lead the oath-taking and induction of officers of the IMCC.
The oathtaking will be part of the day-long “Media Citizen Councils: For the Media and Citizens, By the Media and Citizens” conference, supported by the Philippine Press Institute (PPI) and International Media Support (IMS), to be held at the UPV auditorium.
The IMCC is a multisectoral initiative that aims to strengthen independent co-regulation of the media in the Philippines. Its members include leading publications and media organizations in Iloilo, as well as representatives from the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the academe, business, church, and other sectors.
The media-citizen council was established with the support of PPI, its partners, and several media practitioners and advocates, including a reporter from The Manila Times, who took part in the International Training Programme on media self-regulation funded by Swedish International Development Agency.
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The council is “a multi-stakeholder organization that aims to foster a more harmonious and professional relationship between media and the Ilonggo community and perpetuate an expeditious, inexpensive, and fair resolution of controversies arising from journalistic practices,” said Francis Allan Angelo, IMCC interim chairman.
During the event, the IMCC will present its draft operational frameworks for public feedback. Representatives from the Cebu Citizens Press Council, Kordilyera Media-Citizen Council and the Peace and Conflict Journalism Network will serve as reactors.
Angelo said the council’s rules of procedure on addressing complaints against member news organizations are limited to the tenets of fairness, accuracy, and protection of vulnerable sectors (women and children, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, and LGBTQ++) in news reportage.
The conference will also feature Dr. Zoilo Andrada Jr., professor of media and communication at UPV, and Dr. Gary Mariano, former PPI chairman and assistant professorial lecturer at the De La Salle University.
There will also be panel discussions on press freedom and media regulation under the administration of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and digital challenges and opportunities for community media.
Among the resource persons are Catherine Valente of The Manila Times, Bea Cupin of Rappler, Paul Nicholas Soriano of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Arlene Burgos of ABS-CBN News, Janvic Mateo of UP Diliman, and Celine Samson of Vera Files.
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