A party-list lawmaker on Wednesday pushed for the passage of a measure that seeks to protect journalists from harassments while in the performance of their duties.
Deputy minority leader and Kabayan Party-List Rep. Harry Roque urged the House committee on information to pass his House Bill 913 or the Journalist Protection, Security, and Benefit Act and endorse it to plenary for second reading.
“Journalists nowadays are being targeted by partisan groups and individuals for the mere reporting of news. The latest case of harassment I read about was the journalist who was sent threatening messages because she reported about the non-existent bank accounts of a senator,” Roque said.
“This issue is deeply personal to me, first and foremost because my wife is also a former journalist. Second, I have long been an advocate of the freedom of expression and freedom of the press,” he added.