CPP defends media against Aquino demands for 'good news'

Information Bureau
Communist Party of the Philippines
August 02, 2012

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today joined Philippine media practitioners in denouncing the Aquino regime's campaign against what it calls the "negativism" of Philippine media and its demand that journalists and broadcasters "report the good news" about the Philippines.

The CPP supported the call issued by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) for media practitioners not to remain silent in the face of Aquino's criticism of the media. According to the NUJP, they should not take things sitting down when Aquino "deigns to tell us how to go about our work and what to put into it."

"The Philippine media stands on just grounds when it opposes the Aquino regime's attitude of telling the media what it should and should not report, especially when it comes to the basic issues confronting the people such as joblessness, poverty, low wages, strikes and demonstrations, extrajudicial killings and violations of political and civil rights," said the CPP.

In his state of the nation address last July 23, Aquino slammed the Philippine media for being pessimistic and failing to report what he claims to be a "robust economic outlook" in contrast to the "admiration" of foreign media and foreign credit rating agencies.

"Aquino criticizes the Philippine media for not echoing such reports about the economy as if foreign big capitalist media and these credit rating agencies are better judges of the gloomy realities on the ground which day after day are being experienced by the Filipino people, including the reporters, journalists, broadcasters and other media practitioners."

"Aquino criticizes the media for depriving the Filipino people the 'chance and capacity to dream,' revealing his Imelda-esque mindset of painting a rosy picture to cover up the grave socio-economic conditions and keep the people in a perpetual stupor," added the CPP.

"Aquino is in no position to criticize the Philippine media in the face of his regime's continuing failure to achieve justice for the scores of journalists and reporters who were killed in the Maguindanao Massacre of November 2009. The trial has hit several snags due to the political maneuverings of the Aquino clique to get the accused to stand witness in its other cases against Gloria Arroyo," said the CPP.

"The NUJP has the support of the Filipino people in asserting the need for the media to be independent from government control and influence," said the CPP. "The foot soldiers of the Philippine media--the reporters, journalists, broadcasters and technical crew--actually have their work cut out for them in the face of the economic and political realities that tie up the big media owners with the ruling classes and the ruling regime."