I shall scrupulously report and interpret the news, taking care not to suppress essential facts or to distort the truth by omission or improper emphasis. I recognise the duty to air the other side and the duty to correct substantive errors promptly.

Journalist’s Code of Ethics, No. 1

THE Philippine Daily Inquirer would do well if they weigh their words first before publishing.

It is likely that, to a casual reader, the Inquirer’s frontpage article “Catholics come out for RH bill” (10/06/10) by Nancy Carvajal and Michael Lim Ubac can summarize one false idea: that all Catholics support the controversial RH bill.

The headline sure is exciting, because it has rebellion and infidelity as themes. But is it truthful?

If we read the article, we find out that the headline is in fact not justified. The article is only talking about one group, the Catholics for RH Movement, which has an undisclosed number of members.

Perhaps a better headline could be “Group of Catholics come out for RH bill” (also, not “Catholic group” because that would connote being sanctioned by the Church).

Precise terms, please.


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