Walesa tells media: Help shape future


Former Polish President Lech Walesa

TAGAYTAY CITY, Philippines — Former Polish President Lech Walesa, who led his country in its transition from communist rule to democracy, called on the Filipino media, on Sunday, to help shape the future of the Philippines.

The role of the media today is to “provoke discussions on how this new era will evolve,” according to Walesa, a 1983 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who gave the closing speech at the 9th Media Nation conference here.

This year’s media summit gathered over 70 Filipino journalists from print, radio, television and Internet-based news organizations taking an honest and a critical look at media corruption, its causes and impact on national life.

“I am pleading with you to continue the discussions so you can find the answer to those questions,” Walesa said.

These questions would revolve around what freedom must be founded on to find the answer to “what the new era will look like,” he said, speaking through his interpreter Josef Sarach, in an interview with the Philippine Daily Inquirer reporters and editors.

Walesa, who became known for launching the 1980 campaign for workers’ rights and the Polish revolution that brought down the communist regime in Poland, was elected president in 1990.

“My revolution and my victory depended so much on media, that’s why I see the solution through media,” he said.

But while he continued to fight for “freedom of work and media,” Walesa threw back the question to members of the press: “What about responsibility?”

Walesa said corruption in media “can be very destructive” and has been everywhere.

“I do not know a country where there is no corruption. It can only be smaller or bigger … We shouldn’t allow it.” he said.

Walesa said the media had the power “to build but can also destroy freedom.”

He said when he was president he had his own gripes against media  “who tried to destroy lead to conclusions that were unjust.”

Walesa said he had seen people falsely accused. “Things that are not true are being carried by the media. This can destroy the politicians and the economy,” he said.

Other media people, he said, resort to inventing accusations for monetary consideration or falling for politicians who pay reporters.

But while false reporting must be guarded, Walesa said this should not mean infringement of the freedom of speech.

“What to do is to stop (corruption in media) but not (to) allow censorship. You do not limit freedom,” he said.

He said the Polish media, which became free after democracy was established, had yet to fulfill this.

“But slowly we can work it out so we can put freedom together with responsibility,” he said.

Originally posted: 9:08 pm | Sunday, November 25th, 2012

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  • Bring back Phils Glory. Unite.

    he captured all the essence of what we need in philippine media

  • Bengatibo

    Philippine media should learn from the wake up call. He “pleads” the media. Very well said. Pero pag galing kay Pnoy, puro batikos ang aabutin!

  • arao_liwanag

    Ngayon, sa Poland , wala namang credibildad yan si Lech Walessa, kaya nga na dethrone yan sa pagka Presidente..  Ang ginagawa ng Admin ni Noynoy ay kumukuha ng mga magsasalita para sa kanya na taga labas ng bansa. Bilib siya sa mga dayuhan, bale wala sa kanya ang kababayan. lalo na kung hindi kasama sa mga cheering squads.

    Ang media ay hindi cheering squad kundi fiscalizer. Ito ang masasabi ko sa mga bugok na pumupuri kay Walesa. Kung gusto mong purihin ka ng media gumawa ka ng tama. Hindi yong kahit mali gusto mo ayunan ka pa rin.

    • PAZ

      Baka ang gusto ni Presidente ay media na, yes Nonoy, youre right Mr. President, youre the best Mr. President, yes! yes!!WE PRAISE YOU!

  • PAZ

    Bakit nakita ba ni Walesa kungnpaano nadurog ng ibang media si Arroyo at Marcos? at si Estrada? Buong mundo halimaw ang tingin kay Marcos. Matinding dumurog ang mga ibang bayarang media.MAS MATINDI ANG INABOT NA BATIKOS NI ARROYO. KAYA MAGTIIS KA NOYNOY ANG BATIKOS SA YO AY WALA PA SA KALAHATI NG KAY ARROYO.

  • PAZ

    Maki ang naitulong ng mga communist para manalo si Noynoy. PAG MAY GUSTONG PATALSIKIN SI CORY KASAMA NYA SA KALYE ANG MGA COMMUNIST. KAYA NGA SA ADMINISTRATION NI NOYNOY AY BINEBEYBI SILA NI PRES. Noong panahon ni Ninoy ang mga kasama nya sa kalye laban kay Marcos ay mga communist kaya very loving si Noynoy sa communist. COMMUNIST NA NGA YATA ANG PHIL. , EH. YANG HOUSE ARREST SA COMMUNIST COUNTNTRY MERON NYAN.

  • Edgardo Mendoza


  • Scorpjun

    Being in the media is to be passionate with truth, justice and freedom. Many so-called mediamen today confused this with wrong motives: money, fame and power. So those who are
    easily corrupted are too weak to resist the temptation of the big three. 

    Government must not control the media by owning media facilities which are being used as mere propaganda tools, reason why even after three presidents have passed already, privatization of IBC-13 and RPN were still not realized. KBP fails to professionalize broadcasting being unequipped with vision of the future.

    Media must govern itself through professionalism and ethical journalism, totoo po at marami sila – hindi lang sa probinsya na, pinabili lang ng suka naging reporter na. 

    Several giant media networks even violate the broadcast ethics they profess to
    uphold, from airing horoscope and horrible radio – TV programs to excessive
    commercialism. Sadly enough, Philippine media is like a chicken running without
    its head.

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