CHR: Media is important but not above the law

Published November 26, 2019, 1:39 PM

by Patrick Garcia

By Chito Chavez

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has cited the important role of the media in baring the facts on current issues.

CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia (Twitter)
CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia (Twitter)

CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia however said the undeniable importance of media’s role to fight injustice and violations of human rights is not absolute and has lawful restrictions.

She issued the statement in the wake of the teacher-student tussle aired over a radio program, during which announcer Raffy Tulfo allegedly bullied a teacher into resigning for unfairly treating a student.

“But it must always do so to complement the rule of law, not supplant it,’’ de Guia said.

She stressed that every allegation of cruelty committed against children “especially in spaces we expect to be safe, such as schools must be investigated’’ lawfully.

Explaining further, de Guia said the process should recognize the inherent right to be treated as “innocent until proven guilty until a final judgment through a fair trial has been made’’.

“In keeping with our firm position, we believe that all crimes must be punished,’’ she added.

De Guia however noted when someone takes the law in his own hands “such practice is not any different from anyone who seek to violate the rights of others’’.

“We trust that the ongoing investigations of the Department of Education will proceed in strict consideration of all applicable laws and policies,’’ the CHR said.

De Guia concluded the true form of justice rests on fairness and the respect for human dignity and rights.

 
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CHR: Media is important but not above the law

Published November 26, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Chito Chavez

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has cited the important role of the media in baring the facts on current issues.

CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia (Twitter)
CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia (Twitter)

CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia however said the undeniable importance of media’s role to fight injustice and violations of human rights is not absolute and has lawful restrictions.

She issued the statement in the wake of the teacher-student tussle aired over a radio program, during which announcer Raffy Tulfo allegedly bullied a teacher into resigning for unfairly treating a student.

“But it must always do so to complement the rule of law, not supplant it,’’ de Guia said.

She stressed that every allegation of cruelty committed against children “especially in spaces we expect to be safe, such as schools must be investigated’’ lawfully.

Explaining further, de Guia said the process should recognize the inherent right to be treated as “innocent until proven guilty until a final judgment through a fair trial has been made’’.

“In keeping with our firm position, we believe that all crimes must be punished,’’ she added.

De Guia however noted when someone takes the law in his own hands “such practice is not any different from anyone who seek to violate the rights of others’’.

“We trust that the ongoing investigations of the Department of Education will proceed in strict consideration of all applicable laws and policies,’’ the CHR said.

De Guia concluded the true form of justice rests on fairness and the respect for human dignity and rights.

 
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