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Chevening scholar pa man din! UP journ prof urges Ron Salo to read to learn what’s fake news

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A journalism professor at the University of the Philippines has advised Kabayan party-list Rep. Ron Salo to read up on what is news and how media works after he called for a congressional probe on negative reports about the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

Danilo Arao said Friday (November 29) that Salo will only learn what fake news is if he becomes media literate.

“CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION OF ‘FAKE NEWS’. Salo is better off reviewing the basics of media and information literacy, particularly news literacy. Only then can he know the nuances of ‘fake news,’ as well as realize that what he calls seditious is actually journalism,” Arao tweeted.

In an interview on ANC’s “Headstart,” Salo said spreading false news about the SEA Games can be considered treason and inciting to sedition.

He claimed three Facebook pages used troll farms and shelled out money to “boost” posts about negative news on SEA Games, such as the supposed serving of kikiam to some delegates.

“That’s just not unpatriotic, I suppose that’s treason on the part of the person doing it,” said Salo, who chairs the House public information committee.

The story on athletes having kikiam for breakfast was based on a statement by Let Dimzon, coach of the Philippine women’s football team.

The hotel where Dimzon and other delegates stayed denied serving kikiam, saying it was chicken sausage.

Meanwhile, lawyer Emil Marañon III said Salo was a “shame to the Chevening community” for pushing for an investigation of the negative news about the SEA Games.

Salo was a recipient of the Chevening scholarship from the Britist government for postgraduate studies.

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