FEU, UST media professors show support for ABS-CBN

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 06, 2020 03:35 PM
FEU, UST media professors show support for ABS-CBN
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Journalism educators from Far Eastern University and University of Sto. Tomas are behind ABS-CBN after the Philippines' biggest network was forced to go off the air last Tuesday.

In a statement, FEU's Department of Communication said the development "curtails freedom of the press."

This, after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered ABS-CBN to cease and desist from broadcasting on television and radio.

Last Monday, the media organization's franchise expired as the House of Representatives was yet to tackle the bill for its renewal.

A day later, the NTC then backtracked on its earlier commitment to grant provisional authority and as such, ABS-CBN went dark right after TV Patrol.

Media professors from the Morayta-based school then furthered that the development jeopardizes 11,000 workers in the face of the continuing COVID-19 crisis. "In the face of a public health crisis, the unemployment of the network's employees aggravates their economic and health situations as well as those of their families," they said in their statement.

Over at Espana, UST's journalism educators also expressed support for the country's top broadcaster. "We stand with ABS-CBN and call on lawmakers to stop foot-dragging and approve a new franchise for ABS-CBN," their statement read.

Even more, they urged Filipinos to make their voices heard to defend both freedom of speech and freedom of the press. "We also call on the freedom-loving public to speak out and resist all attacks on media," they said.

Amid all this, the Kapamilya network has vowed to remain true to its vision and mission. "Sa gitna ng pagsubok na ito, mananatili kaming tapat sa aming sinumpaang tungkulin bilang mga lingkod ng bawat Pilipino," President and CEO Carlo Katigbak said.

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