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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:

Source URL:http://peacebuilding.no/eng/Regions/Asia/The-Philippines/Publications/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