Family of Jam Sebastian asking P5000 in exchange of media interviews?

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Jamvhille Sebastian, 1986 to 2015 (Credits: JaMich Facebook page)

A Facebook post by Benjie Dorango, a TV5 news correspondent, has received a lot of attention from netizens the past two days (go to this link).

He recounted a scene at a wake where the parents of a recently departed celebrity is asking a P5000 “honorarium” from media persons in exchange of an interview. We are reposting his Facebook status update below:

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Screenshot from the Facebook page of TV5 news correspondent Benjie Dorango

Tagpo sa isang wake ng sikat na personality:

Media: “mam/sir, nakikiramay po kami sa pagkawala ng anak ninyo.”

Parents: “salamat. Magi-interview ba kayo? May honorarium kasi kami pagini-interview. 5000 pesos lang naman. Salamat.”

‪#‎AnoRaw‬?
‪#‎SinitchItich‬?
‪#‎PatayNaNgaPinaghanapBuhayanPa‬
‪#‎DiAkoMakaGetOver‬

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Jamvhille Sebastian, 1986 to 2015
(Credits: JaMich Facebook page)

When asked by ABS-CBN correspondent Jacque Manabat in the comment thread if his interview pushed through, Dorango said: “May kakilala ako, nakiusap na lang na sasabay sa isang interview rin para makatipid.”

Although the TV5 reporter did not mention who exactly he is writing about, some Facebook users easily surmised that he is referring to the family of Jam Sebastian. Jamich fans didn’t waste time defending their idol:

Giving payments to news sources is a universally unaccepted journalism practice. According to the Philippine Press Institute’s Code of Ethics, reporters “shall resort only to fair and honest methods in (their) effort to obtain news, photographs, and/or documents.”

Meanwhile, the United States-based Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) advises reporters to be always “wary of sources offering information for favors or money” and that they should not pay for access to news.

SPJ says the involvement of money immediately calls into question the credibility of the information. “Readers or viewers have a legitimate right to wonder whether the source is disclosing this information because the information is important or because the source is getting paid for it,” the group wrote in a position paper.

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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