P-Noy slams PH media for highlighting negative news, says they’re scaring away tourists

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that in a speech before the Philippine Press Institute’s National Press Forum and annual membership meeting, President Benigno Aquino III said that the Philippine media is dragging the country down too by putting "too much focus on negativism and crime stories, which he said, could [discourage] tourists from visiting the country."

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that in a speech before the Philippine Press Institute’s National Press Forum and annual membership meeting, President Benigno Aquino III said that the Philippine media is dragging the country down too by putting "too much focus on negativism and crime stories, which he said, could [discourage] tourists from visiting the country."

 

According to the report, Aquino cited as an example "the media’s highlighting of the travel advisories issued by foreign governments, saying it is also the local media that serves as basis for the reports of the diplomatic posts." He said, "Tayo lang yata ang kaisa-isang bansa sa mundo na nagbabalandra ng mga negatibong travel advisory sa sariling mga pahayagan. Ang paglabas ng ganitong mga babala ay nakasalalay sa persepsyon ng ambassador na naninirahan dito sa Pilipinas; isa sa pinanggagalingan ng kaniyang opinyon ay ang mga balitang nakakalap niya mula sa diyaryo at telebisyon (We may be the only country in the world that publishes negative travel advisories in our newspapers. The issuance of these types of warnings are based on the perception of the foreign ambassador living in the Philippines. He gets his opinion from newspapers and TV coverage)."

 

ABS-CBNNews.com revealed that Aquino then went on to lament "about the media’s emphasis on carjacking incidents, without giving much attention to police statistics that show such incidents have gone down." Aquino asked the media to be more prudent about putting out negative news.

 

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