In a discussion with members of the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) in a restaurant in Quezon City, Iqbal considered it as media’s role to give all the angles to the story and to be very factual.
Iqbal stated his wonder about how some newspapers would portray the MILF and BBL in the worst picture on a daily basis. “To me it is a frustration that they cannot see an iota of goodness in this,” Iqbal stressed.
Iqbal also believes that there seems to be a concerted effort to discredit MILF and BBL especially through the media.
But even after the Mamasapan encounter, Iqbal said that “personally and organizationally we still have high trust for President Aquino.”
“And if not for the mutual trust between the GPH and MILF, I would say the Mamasapano encounter was really a game-changer or deal-breaker,” Iqbal said.
The NUJP-organized discussion also tackled how government and the MILF should communicate to the media.
Iqbal was joined by GPH Peace Panel member Senen Bacani in clarifying several issues with the news editors from ABS-CBN, GMA 7, CNN Philippines, Manila Standard, Manila Times, Philippine Press Institute, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas and Philippine Center for Investigative Jounalism. ####