Media may stop covering crimes in progress such as hostage-taking, like the Luneta incident yesterday, if it feels the reportage can jeopardize the police operation or if it endanger lives.
The Luneta hostage-taking involving a dismissed policeman was well-covered by media and even went on full-live coverage at prime time. It reminded me of the media’s role during such crisis as embodied in the 2007 Broadcast Code of the KBP (Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas). Click here for a copy of the code.
Sec. 1. The coverage of crimes in progress or crisis situations such as hostage-taking or kidnapping shall not put lives in greater danger than what is already inherent in the situation. Such coverage should be restrained and care should be taken so as not to hinder or obstruct efforts of authorities to resolve the situation. (G)
- DILG chief admits problems in hostage handling (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- Live media coverage ‘may have jeopardized’ rescue bid, says solon (newsinfo.inquirer.net)