Human rights activist files complaint with NTC vs SMNI

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HUMAN rights activists filed a complaint with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) against Sonshine Media Network International news channel (SMNI), which is owned by Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.

Human rights activist Cristina Palabay filed the complaint together with the parents of missing UP students Karen Enpeño and Sherlyn Cadapan.

The complainants asked the NTC to cancel the franchise of SMNI for being biased and for reporting untrusted information.

They pointed out the interview conducted by SMNI with convicted criminal Retired General jovito Palparan, which the complainants said were in violation of the broadcast code.

The group said SMNI was used as a way for Palparan to “red tag” the activists as having ties with rebels.

Palabay, who is secretary general of the group Karapatan, also insisted that SMNI used its network to defend the human rights violations of the current administration.

The Department of Justice earlier ordered the Bureau of Corrections to investigate the interview conducted on Palparan, who is facing a maximum prison term of 40 years for kidnapping and serious illegal detention.

When media tried to get the side of SMNI on the issue, its president, Marion Rosete told the media that “it’s none of your business.”

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