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On social media shaming and fair commentaries

On social media shaming and fair commentaries

Fair commentary! I will not cite the SC case which discusses this principle or rule on publication of criticism against public officials and public figure. As this is not a legal commentary but a reminder to those who would like to be reminded.

In its simplistic sense, everyone can say whatever he wants to say against a public official as long as he has bases on the allegation he brings open to the public.

Absent a basis on a disreputable allegation published (air, print, social media) is pure libel. In fact any disreputable allegation (truth or not) published which will cause dishonor/disrepute upon another is libel. Exception is when such allegation is leveled against a public official and is founded on facts and documents. we call this exemption as fair commentary.

Now, posting pictures of public officials and some claim of wrongdoing is not a basis to malign or mock a public official. On the contrary, this is also libel. Further, such act may breed kindred crimes defined in our penal code.

When something negative is published against a public official, it is either a black propaganda or a fair commentary. Now you know what fair commentary is, then don’t let yourselves or your emotions be used by the group of people who are running the show behind the scene. There are puppet masters pulling the string somewhere. so before you hit the share button, ask yourself: does it have a basis in fact and in records? Do I have access to these bases? Will the nation benefit from this, or will this stir negativity for the interest of a few group of people?

As I close this sermon (lol), know that in this information age, the challenge is not to get information but to get the RIGHT information from the haystack of false and useless others.

Lastly, it’s not cool to be a ranter. Be advocates for fair commentaries.

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