Bill proposes exams for journalists

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A bill creating a Magna Carta for Journalists proposes exams for journalists who want to be accredited as media practitioners. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) is asking its author, Sen Jinggoy Estrada, to withdraw this measure. Estrada’s bill, filed in July, seeks the creation of the Philippine Council for Journalists, a body that will accredit journalists and administer the “Professional Journalist Examination.” Journalists who fail or do not take the annual regulatory exam will be categorized as non-accredited journalists. The NUJP said it “cannot subscribe to the notion of subjecting journalists to accreditation for purposes of regulating the profession; not by any state agency and no, not even through peer accreditation.”

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