It has been reported in Philippine newspapers that both the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives are bent on passing into law a controversial bill. The “Right of Reply” bill mandates that any party who feels aggrieved or offended by any material published or broadcast in any form of media should be allotted the same space or airtime to publish or broadcast his or her own reply within a specific period at no cost.
The Senate, voting 21-0 passed the bill which also stipulates penalties that include fines and possible imprisonment if the media involved fails to comply. The question now arises – Is there any sense in having such a law? (more…)