AN APPEAL TO BRING CH2, DZMM, MOR AND CH23 BACK ON AIR

AN APPEAL TO BRING CH2, DZMM, MOR AND CH23 BACK ON AIR

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AN APPEAL TO BRING CH2, DZMM, MOR AND CH23 BACK ON AIR

The signing off of broadcast network ABS-CBN not only endangers the employment of its 11,000 workers but, just as important, if not more so, affects the lives of citizens as well.

Government clearly trampled on freedom of the press and of expression when it forced the network to go off air.

ABS-CBN, in its petition for certiorari filed on May 7 before the Supreme Court, said that the cease and desist order against its operations violates the right of the public to information and is a curtailment of the freedom of speech and the press.

We affirm our signatures to appeal to the following government agencies to bring Channel 2, DZMM, MOR, and Channel 23 back on air:

TO THE NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION to withdraw the cease and desist order against ABS-CBN as this is a disservice to the Filipino people, especially at this time of crisis.

TO THE SUPREME COURT to uphold press freedom and to grant the temporary restraining order for the ABS-CBN units to go back on air to continue serving the public amid the coronavirus pandemic.

TO THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES to grant ABS-CBN a fresh 25-year franchise. Eleven bills seeking its renewal are now pending and are just waiting to be heard.

During the coronavirus pandemic, there should be free access to information, entertainment, and public service. Our appeal to bring Channel 2, DZMM, MOR and Channel 23 back on air upholds the peoples' right to information from which press freedom emanates.

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