Thursday, May 10, 2012

STATEMENT On the May 6 NAIA incident: Public incidents merit coverage

We at the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines maintain that there was nothing wrong in his taking of photographs of actress Claudine Barretto giving an airline staff a dressing down at the terminal of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA3) on May 6.

Barretto and her husband are celebrities and are thus, public figures. They were also in a public place and were involved in a commotion making the incident legitimate for coverage.

Tulfo was also right in not handing over his phone camera. No one has the right to forcibly take a person’s camera or phone especially of a journalist documenting a public incident.

The matter on who started the violence should be left to the investigation of authorities who should file the appropriate charges on those found liable.

Nestor Burgos Jr.

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