As a journalist by scholarship, I feel for the people who were not given the kind of respect that they deserved. But my highly esteemed mass communication guru said, perhaps the experience is something that we should all learn from—be careful.
While media people get perks that ordinary citizens like us do not, there are some who use their huge IDs to get into the front seat of every major event in the world. Some have even (mis)taken the ID for a shield. I was very thankful that every single detail of the other day’s fiasco was covered. But amidst all the clamour for the “manhandling” and the cuffing, I think some people deserved what they got.
Jessica Soho rose to fame after she braved the crossfire in the series of coup d’etat in Cory Aquino’s regime. Christiaan Amanpour got my respect for covering major turning points in our history by being in the center of all the literally and figuratively hard hitting news. But there’s a limit to being a journalist. And in situations where rules of engagement are aspired to be followed to the dot, a plea not to add more to the problem should be heeded. Had the media people left when they were asked to leave or even just stay in a safer place, things would not have had turned really sour.
As Spidey’s uncle wisely put it, “With great power comes great responsibility.” I could not agree more.