Ten decades ago, media/press played a very significant and peculiar role, particularly in the Philippines. Our national hero Jose Rizal wrote the two popular novels “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo” to serve as a wake-up call to all Filipinos during the Spanish regime. It was an eye opener that time because we, Filipinos, were being mistreated by Spaniards in our very own country. With this, media is undeniably a powerful tool to gain freedom and independence, a tool that is probably sharper than a two-edged sword.
But as we face a fast changing world, media is gradually losing its true meaning, I guess. The roles, functions, and significations of media were harshly forgotten. When I’ve watched the controversial news about a grade 12 student, Ryan Dizon who was wrongfully accused of sextortion against a woman, that’s when I realized that not all the time media is going to tell you the truth. Not all the time, media is right. In a facebook post of Ryan Dizon, he admitted that yes, it was him on TV broadcasted by ABS-CBN News but he strongly declined all the allegations against him. He stated that he has clear intentions in helping the woman who needs an assistance in terms of securing her social media account but that woman who asked for help was also the same woman who reported him to the authorities of sextortion.
By a cruel irony of fate, he was framed up and jailed with no reliable evidence. Dizon even laid out all the conversations he had with that certain woman just to prove his innocence and that he had done nothing wrong. He argued that the reason why he let himself be interviewed by the media is because the media, itself promised to reveal nothing but the truth. He trusted them because he thought that was the best thing to do but what he has got is betrayal. And that’s what hurt him the most that the people judged them just because of the false information disseminated by the most trusted people in the Philippine Televisions – the media.
This indeed shows that a story has always two sides, the one that tells the truth and the one that says otherwise. There’s a story that will make you blind or even deaf. But when no one dares to tell the truth, the truth will speak out for itself, the truth will defend itself. John Swinton, former managing editor of “The New York Time” once said, “The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread.” The truth is not as you know it.
Our faith in media has been our Achilles heel. We must have a much clearer idea of how is today’s media working against us, fooling around with us. My point is, don’t just take this wrong stuffs sitting down any longer. We need to act, we need to speak up even if our voices are trembling, even if our hands are shaking and dear, it’s now or never!
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