Editorial: PPI@50 and Beyond

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

THE Philippine Press Institute quietly marks its golden anniversary this week with the conferment of the annual media awards, the holding of its annual assembly and other events in Metro Manila. Former President Fidel V. Ramos will be keynote speaker with this year's golden theme "@50 and Beyond".

The theme has added significance because what lie "beyond" this celebratory milestone are real challenges that the Philippine press still must face. It has to deal with issues on credibility , media killings, legislative advocacies, search for justice, press freedom, capacities and working conditions of media workers, mechanisms of redress, internal discipline and viability, among others. And decidedly, the bigger challenge today is the emerging dominance of cyberspace as a faster platform for information and views.

It is in this environment that PPI is marking its half-century milestone mindful that the Philippine press must continue and remain to do its role in upholding press freedom and provide the public with verified, accurate and truthful information that is vital to democracy.


So while we celebrate, we are also burdened by the thought that there is much yet to be done "@50 and beyond".

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 28, 2014.


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