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Crispin C. Maslog

Crispin C. Maslog , PhD, is a widely published writer, editor and professor of communication. A former journalist with Agence France-Presse, former director of the School (now College) of Mass Communication, Silliman University, and former professor of the College of Development Communication, UP...
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Ramon R. Tuazon

Ramon R. Tuazon  is president of the AIJC and secretary general of the AMIC. He has conducted media studies in the Philippines and other Asia-Pacific countries and has served as a consultant in communication for development programmes in the region.
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Daniel Abunales

Daniel Abunales  works as a reporter and multimedia editor at Vera Files, a non-profit media organisation based in Manila. He holds a master’s degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Sydney. 
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Jake Soriano

Jake Soriano  covers social issues for Vera Files, including human trafficking, peace and conflict, and disability, filing reports from assignments in Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao, London and Istanbul, among others. He has also contributed to the Global Post , the BBC and the Thomson Reuters Found...
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Lala Ordenes

Lala Ordenes works as a freelance editor, writer and researcher. As a journalist she has published articles for the Philippine Centre for Investigative Journalism and Vera Files, where she has also contributed to books about people with disabilities.
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The Political Economy of the News Media in the Philippines and the Framing of News Stories on the GPH-CNN Peace Process - 2016 revised version

Crispin C. Maslog, Ramon R. Tuazon, Daniel Abunales, Jake Soriano , Lala Ordenes, 5 December 2016

This is an updated report, building on a version first published by NOREF in September 2015.

The peace process between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GPH) and the CNN (CPP-NPA-NDF) is “invisible”, with nothing going on worth reporting. As a result there is currently very little media coverage of the peace process and no background coverage. The Benigno Aquino government seems to have focused on negotiations with its other insurgency problem, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), with which an agreement was reached in 2014. For this reason, Aquino had set aside talks with the CNN to concentrate on one group at a time.

Generally speaking, peace stories are not popular. Regular monitoring shows that ratings of current affairs programmes usually drop when the peace process is the featured topic. Why is this, and what can be done to amend it? This report argues that the following recommendations should be followed in order to raise the news value of the peace process, and to give it a push at the same time:

  • The GPH-CNN peace process should be jumpstarted.
  • Public opinion should be stirred up to support the resumption of the peace process.
  • The quantity and quality of peace process coverage should be upgraded.
  • The media should be encouraged to develop full-time peace process reporters.
  • A Centre for Peace Studies and Peace Journalism should be created.
  • News media should build a peace constituency of citizens.
  • Media reportage should link the peace process to basic survival issues.
  • Peace narratives should include background and contextualisation.
  • Peace reporting must highlight both processes and outcomes.
  • News media should always present the voices of marginalised groups.

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