Presidential Communicatios Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar affirms that the country’s press freedom and freedom of expression remains “healthy.”
The statement is in line with a study by Pew Research, an American-based think tank which ranked the Philippines second among 38 countries in terms of fairness and accuracy in news reports.
“Totoo naman ‘yan, at tayo’y natutuwa na masigla ang ating press freedom, freedom of expression dito po sa Pilipinas,” the Secretary said in his radio program in state-run Radyo Pilipinas.
“Nakikita nga natin, araw-araw ho binabasa ko lahat ng diyaryo, pinapasadahan ko lahat ‘yan. Mayroong mga positive, mayroong mga negative… balanse,” he added.
The research disclosed that up to 86 percent of Filipinos believe that news reports produced by the local media are accurate, placing the country to second place. Moreover, about 78 percent of Filipinos think that local journalists cover politics fairly.
Tanzania claimed the top spot for both categories with 93 and 83 percent response respectively.
Eighty-three percent of Filipinos also believe that local journos are doing a fair job in reporting about government leaders and officials, making the Philippines land the third spot in the category. Tanzania remains at the first spot with 89 percent, with Indonesia sitting at the second place with 85 percent.
In terms of delivering news about important events, the Philippines ended at the fourth spot after recording a positive response of 87 percent, joining the ranks of Tanzania (1st) with 92 percent, and Indonesia (2nd) and Netherlands (3rd) which both garnered a record of 89 percent.