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PROHIBITING THE USE OF THE WORD MUSLIM OR ISLAMIC IN PRINT/BROADCAST MEDIA

PROHIBITING THE USE OF THE WORD MUSLIM OR ISLAMIC IN PRINT/BROADCAST MEDIA

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15th Congress
Senate Bill No. 1990

AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF THE WORD 'MUSLIM' OR 'ISLAMIC' IN PRINT, RADIO, TELEVISION INCLUDING CABLE TELEVISION AND OTHER FORMS OF BROADCAST MEDIA TO REER TO OR DESCRIBE ANY PERSON SUSPECTED OR CONVICTED OF A CRIME OR UNLAWFUL ACT AND PROVIDING PENALTIES THEREOF

Legislative status: Pending in the Committee (9/14/2010)
15th Congress
Senate Bill No. 1990

AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF THE WORD 'MUSLIM' OR 'ISLAMIC' IN PRINT, RADIO, TELEVISION INCLUDING CABLE TELEVISION AND OTHER FORMS OF BROADCAST MEDIA TO REER TO OR DESCRIBE ANY PERSON SUSPECTED OR CONVICTED OF A CRIME OR UNLAWFUL ACT AND PROVIDING PENALTIES THEREOF

Legislative status: Pending in the Committee (9/14/2010)

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Fifteenth Congress
of
the
Repu blic
Ofthe
Philippines
First
Regular
Session
)
)
)
SENATES.B.No.
1990
Introduced
By Senator Ramon Bong Revilla,
Jr.
EXPLANATORY NOTEThe use
of
the words "Muslim" and "Islamic" in association with suspected or convictedcriminals and unlawful acts are offensively biased against Muslims. This practice
is
highlyprejudicial and extremely injurious to the Islamic religious culture, Muslim individuals and theircollective image, and the Muslim's social well being
as
respectable citizens
of
the country.Islam
is
the religion
of
a considerable number
of
our brothers and sisters, mostly living inthe southern part
of
the Philippine archipelago. Some
of
them have migrated and settled in manyareas in Luzon and the Visayas.Unfortunately, some members
of
tbe local and national media continue to callouslylambaste the Muslim religious culture by describing criminals and suspects with terms such
as
"Muslim Criminals", "Muslim Terrorists", Muslim Drug Pushers", "Muslim Sea Pirates",
'~Muslim
Bandits" or "Muslim Hold-uppers".Outlawing this culturally and religiously biased practice would definitely contribute andresult in increased positive social spacp and understanding between and among Muslims andNon-Muslims, and help drive the path towards a just, culturally sensitive, fair, and lasting peaceand development in the country.
In
view
of
the foregoing, the passage
of
this bill
is
earnestly sought.

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