Senator Roxas not backing right of reply bill

Thursday, February 26, 2009 | posted in , , , , | 0 comments

Senator Mar Roxas is not backing the right of reply bill being pushed by fellow Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr.

Quoting a Philippine Daily Inquirer article:
Roxas said he did not sign Committee Report No. 43 prepared by the Senate committee on public information and mass media and on justice and human rights. But he did not vote for it, he added.
He also said that it could "weaken [media’s] role as the watchdog of society" and as "a pillar of democracy".

He did not sign the bill and said that the legislation should be reviewed thoroughly before being passed in Congress because it might encroach on the freedom of the press and could suppress the public’s right to information.

What do you think about the Right of Reply bill? Is it needed after all? Please do share your thoughts on this one.

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