Outcrop Under Siege and the Call for Continuing Assertion of our Campus Press Freedom


Press Statement

January 19, 2012


Once again, our campus press freedom is under attack.

The Editor-in-chief of UP Baguio Outcrop, along with the rest of the UP Baguio Outcrop staff has recently been charged with libel by a faculty member of UP Baguio. This comes after a lampoon article was written on the July 2011 issue of Outcrop about someone who is so sensitive to noise. The article did not mention any real name and make any false claim about the person being talked about.

In line with this, we are asking for your support as the campus press freedom of one of our fellow-guilder and member publication is being assaulted. Not a few times that as campus journalists, our lampoon publications have been used against us by those who felt that they were “attacked” by our column entries.  They bypass the fact that lampoon writing is a legitimate form by which the campus journalists satirically tackle the pertinent issues concerning the students. More importantly, we see this tactic as yet another manifestation of the larger anti-student scheme which is prevalent in the repressive atmosphere of educational institutions.

On a broader level, it has been a long campaign of the mainstream media to decriminalize libel which is also usually used against them by persons of authority and power whenever they felt “offended” or “disgraced” by certain articles written about them. Just like the repression experienced by campus journalists, libel being a criminal case is usually being used as a threat to the press freedom of mainstream media. This recent case only proves that we are constantly under the threat and intimidation of powers-that-be who seeks to put a limitation on our freedom of expression as members of the press. Given our capability to give an acute analysis and encompassing coverage of the relevant, daily events, and interrogate the status quo, it is inevitable that those who cling to and benefit from the status quo are unsettled as we strive for the expression of truth and the exposure of the flaws of the present scheme of things.

These are the times that manifest the difficult conditions where we, campus journalists, operate. These are conditions rife with deceit, hypocrisy and lack of fairness. These are conditions that once again, call on all of us to keep asserting our rights and continue making our voices be heard in the midst of harassment, inequality and deception.

              

DEFEND UP BAGUIO OUTCROP!
FIGHT FOR CAMPUS PRESS FREEDOM!

DECRIMINALIZE LIBEL!

UPHOLD STUDENT’S DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM!

5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by anonymous on January 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    “Not a few times that as campus journalists, our lampoon publications have been used against us by those who felt that they were “attacked” by our column entries.”

    Does this mean that outcrop usually picks up on personalities & chismis instead of other socially-relevant, objective stories? like the things we usually get from tabloids.

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  2. Defintely not! And it seems that you are totally missing the point. Outcrop having a lampoon part on its issues does not already mean that it “usually picks up on personalities & chismis instead of other socially-relevant, objective stories?” So there, we answered your question. So thanks for dropping by.🙂 And we hope that you will follow this issue and be very careful in making your opinions. There is of course the idea of “hearing all sides” but it pays to add another aspect to it, be as discursive as possible. So thank you again.

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  3. Posted by ms. o on January 24, 2012 at 6:00 am

    what is “socially-relevant”? the moment any word goes out your mouth, or act that others see, these become social, whether you like it or not.

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  4. “socially relevant” as we understand it is affecting the lives of many people, of how the society works and what are its repercussions to the lives of everyone.

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  5. Posted by CEGP Alumni! on February 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    CEGP as the broadest alliance of campus publications in the country has been assisting student publications regarding their problems for 81 years. It has 750 member publications all around the country for goodness sake. Of all the member pubs, one of the most encountered ones is libel as well as non-collection of funds, censorship, unsolicited adviser/administration intervention, suspension, and even harassment. In all of the Guild’s 81 years this is not the first time that a professor filed a libel case against a member student publication, haha!
    It just so happen that when there is a hot issue, like a tuition increase proposal or mandatory ROTC, budget cut, repressive school policies or a dictatorial school president articles that carefully tackle those and use the POV of the students taste bitter for people in power. In the history of the Guild, libel has been used to repress the student publication and stop it from publishing articles that tackle relevant social issues. And I think you are old enough to differentiate what those are, or are you?
    And again, there is no absolute objectivity Mr. It has long been debunked by professors of journalism, and more importantly journalists themselves! Did your professor taught you that?

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