We, the Editorial Board and Staff of White & Blue, the official student publication of Saint Louis University, affirm our support for Jesusa Paquibot, Editor-in-Chief of the Outcrop, the official student publication of the University of the Philippines-Baguio, who is besieged with a libel case slapped against her by a certain teacher from the university.
We, the Editorial Board and Staff of White & Blue, recognize the importance of campus press freedom in order for us to deliver to the student body the social responsibility of spreading the truth and letting the voices of the students be heard. Being campus journalists ourselves, we believe that campus press freedom is the core of campus journalism and being deprived of such, partly or in full and in whatever manner, is tantamount to preventing us from delivering the truth and consequently preventing the student body whom we serve from exercising the right to know.
We, the Editorial Board and Staff of White & Blue, believe that any repression of such freedom, without due reason, violates the right of students to freedom of speech and the freedom of the press which is protected by the Constitution and the Campus Journalism Act of 1991.
We, the Editorial Board and Staff of White & Blue, acknowledge that student journalists must not write afar from the truth because we have an oath towards responsible journalism.
We, the Editorial Board and Staff of White & Blue, believe that the article ‘Yupiang Yupi” does not intend to defame or malign the character, reputation and integrity of anyone in particular. It seeks to tackle pressing issues concerning students in a satirical manner, which is covered by the artistic license of the writer. Pressing issues include the repression of campus press freedom, which may include shaming student journalists who are performing their responsibilities.
We, the Editorial Board and Staff of White & Blue, deem that the letter if apology from the Outcrop was very noble and sincere towards anybody who was unintentionally distressed because of the article. The Outcrop took on the humble course of actions as contrary to what is alleged against the Editor-in-Chief.
We, the Editorial Board and Staff of White & Blue, stand that justice must be served where it is due and that fairness must be observed at all times. All sides must be given the chance to be heard and the protection of the greatest good must be upheld at all times above the advance personal benefits.
In behalf of the Editorial Board and Staff of White and Blue, we stand on the protection of campus press freedom.
Editor-in-Chief, White & Blue