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House Panel Drops Media Penalty Provisions


June 6, 2012

A House panel has taken out provisions that were in a proposed data privacy bill imposing fines and jail sentences on journalists but, Manila Standard Today reports, the Senate has retained other penalty clauses with which various press organisations have disagreed. A representative from the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said, “Deleting the provision on penalties for media does not negate the fact that such a law will still prevent journalists from performing their duty of providing the public relevant information.”
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