The enemy within


After our experience with martial law, the media establishment has always looked at the government as the biggest threat to the freedom of the press. Indeed, the closure of almost all news organizations and the iron-clad censorship with which pro-government outlets were run during martial law leave big scars in the hearts and minds of journalists in the country. We always say, NEVER AGAIN.

But there is a bigger threat to media freedom that is creeping into media organizations, or at least in one radio station in Iloilo City, that is just coming to public notice. This is the clampdown being imposed by executives on the right of anchors and reporters to express their personal sentiments on Facebook. As revealed by Bert Ladera of RMN 774, there is immense pressure for him to stop posting quotations and views on his Facebook wall that certain executives of his station deem critical of their personas. There are no direct orders for Nadera to desist, but even volunteers in the station have been warned not to comment or even click on the “like” button.

A review of Bert Ladera’s postings show that these quotations could not be categorized as personal attacks. The quotations are sayings of famous people like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and the like. These are common place in Facebook.  But it appears his superiors take offense. They consider it an affront to read these quotations on Bert Ladera’s Facebook wall.

Bert says there are no overt moves yet to use the FB postings to discipline him. Well, I certainly hope it doesn’t come to that point. If it does, this will erupt into a major scandal about censorship in the ranks of media, and how the freedom of expression is violated by the very people who are supposed to protect them.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

One Response to The enemy within

  1. latigorapido says:

    Sir, while we have enemies outside, we also have to look at the enemy within. Sometimes, in some of my observations, the enemies within are those who are stronger than those outside.

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