Ding Generoso: Philippine media remains one of the freest in the world

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 3) — Recent events have brought the issue of press freedom to light.

Senatorial hopefuls in CNN Philippines' #TheFilipinoVotes senatorial forum were torn on whether or not press freedom in the Philippines is under threat. Agnes Escudero and Romulo Macalintal said "yes," while Butch Valdes and Ding Generoso voted "no."

Generoso, the former spokesperson for the Consultative Committee on the draft federal constitution and former media practitioner said that the issue was a matter of perspective for him.

"We are all free to say what you want to say regardless of who gets hurt," he said on press freedom in the Philippines.

Nevertheless, he said that there will always be threats to press freedom regardless of who leads the administration.

"But to my mind, the Philippine media remains one of the freest in the free world. Wala tayong nararamdaman na katulad ng nakaraang panahon na talagang merong repression," Generoso, also a former reporter for the now defunct WE Forum, said.

He added that social media is also very free, and that "nobody has been told to shut up, go home, or threatened arrest for contrary views" on the internet.