Friday, October 12, 2007

Legal concerns in journalism

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism held a training workshop on investigative journalism last September.

The training had a session tackling legal concerns in investigative journalism. Session lecturer Jose Manuel Diokno (Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) chairperson tackled, among others:
  • Right to information on matters of public concern
  • Right to be free from prior restraint
  • Right to report on any legislative, judicial or other official proceedings and the statements made in those proceedings, or any other acts of public officers in the exercise of their functions
  • Right to report on matters of public concern and the conduct of public officials and public figures
  • Right to protect your sources
For more about the session, click here. Download Diokno's presentation here. The legal concerns discussed in the session definitely do not just concern investigative journalists but other members of the press as well.

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