Why bloggers, reporters need to be cautious when publishing blind items

My reply to Prof. Oscar Franklin Tan's question on libel by Raïssa Robles - Be very cautious when publishing blind items about individuals, I recently told journalism students in Cebu. Because "if you later write a piece that gives the identity of that person away you can be sued. Because under Philippine law, one can be sued for libel based on your body of works and not just on one piece," I said. I did not expect a prominent graduate of Harvard Law school to comment on this particular phrase

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Thank you readers, for sharing my Ph Daily Inquirer piece on the Marcoses 11,500 times

Just my opinion By Raïssa Robles I had not expected this. I thought few would be interested in reading about the Marcoses at a time when the Binays are the hot topic. To all those who shared and read my piece, I would like to thank them all. One thing the Internet has done for writers is to give us almost instant reader feedback. Until I started this blog, I had been used to writing in isolation. But as I said, I wasn't expecting that many people to read it. I thought it would be treated as just a period piece to mark a dark anniversary.

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News commentaries, libel suits and Cebu

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By Raïssa Robles - This is the draft of the lecture I delivered during last week's "Reaching Out to Future Journalists forum" held by Sunstar publication at San Carlos University in Cebu City. I have a confession to make. I have turned down many invitations to speak before many forums because I believe a journalist is best read than heard. However, this was one invite I felt I had to accept because of the audience and the topic. I was not disappointed. In that packed hall, I believe, will come some of our future journalists who will make a difference. They came and they listened, even though I'm not a celebrity, but just a blogger and a journo in the trenches :)

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How the new technology is reshaping the way we bring news to the public

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By Raïssa Robles   [My speech today before the Philippine Press Institute and the National Association of Newspapers during the conference on "Watching the Watchdog: Re-examining Ourselves." ] I am honored to be part of this gathering. I think I know why I was chosen to tackle the topic: “How the new technology is reshaping the way we bring news […]

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Thank you for the three million views of my stories

And a Blessed Christmas to you all By Raïssa Robles I would like to greet everyone  a Blessed Christmas and to thank you all from my heart. Since I put up this present site a little over a year ago, the 332 stories I have published here have been viewed a total of 3,035,101 times. This would not at all […]

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Part 2: How media corruption shortchanges the public

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How you can help reduce it Exclusive by Raïssa Robles When information that you obtain from mass media like newspapers, radio or TV is slanted a certain way because a politician or a company gave money to make it come out that way, then the public is shortchanged. Democracy is distorted. The way it’s supposed to work is that in […]

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Part 1: A painful topic – media corruption

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Exclusive By Raïssa Robles OK, I’m biting the bullet. I will talk about media corruption as I’ve seen it and felt it and faced it. If there are reporters who are corrupt, it is because the editors tolerate them or are on the take themselves. The industry is really quite small. Tongues are loose. Talk is cheap. The giver boasts […]

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Why did four senators file nearly identical cybercrime bills?

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Exclusive By Raïssa Robles Four senators filed Cybercrime Bills that were almost totally identical to each other and to the final bill that was signed into law late September by President Benigno Aquino III. The four were Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Edgardo Angara, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. The highly technical bills they filed were nearly […]

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Fr. Bernas calls Cybercrime Law “frightening”

Newsbytes By Raïssa Robles The Cybercrime Law is “partly good and partly chilling,” wrote Jesuit priest-lawyer Joaquin Bernas in his latest blog entry posted yesterday. Bernas explained why: As can easily be seen, the law deals not only with the most delicate rights of freedom of expression, freedom of communication, and the privacy of communication but also with the equally sacred […]

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