CHR comments on House ‘freezing’ ABS-CBN franchise renewal

CHR comments on House ‘freezing’ ABS-CBN franchise renewal

- The Commission on Human Rights expressed their concern that the House of Representatives has frozen the franchise renewal of ABS-CBN

- CHR said that there should be a due process

- House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has commented about the issue

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The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) expressed their concern about the “freezing” of the franchise renewal of giant TV network ABS-CBN Corporation.

KAMI learned that for the CHR if ABS-CBN committed a violation, there should be a due process for it.

In a report by the Philippine Star (author Gaea Katreena Cabico), CHR said that if a TV network would be shut down with a political motive, it could imply something about the press freedom in the country.

“If the network has committed any violation, it must be tackled through due process,” CHR spokesperson Jacqueline De Guia said.

“Non-renewal can be tantamount to shutting down the network. If an entire media giant would be toppled down due to a political caprice, it could signal the beginning of a bleaker state of press freedom in the country and a catapult to the wave of previous assaults to media,” she added.

As reported by the Manila Bulletin (author Charissa Luci-Atienza), House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said that she has no comment about the franchise renewal of the TV network.

“I have no comment, Congress is finished, our sessions are over,” Arroyo said.

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In a previous report by KAMI, the House of Representatives reportedly frozen the bill seeking to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN. Meanwhile, their rival networks already had their franchise renewed.

President Rodrigo Duterte has repeatedly opposed the renewal of ABS-CBN’s contract because the network allegedly did not air his campaign ad in 2016.

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