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article imageFilipinos praise international media for Typhoon Haiyan report

By Leo Reyes     Nov 15, 2013 in Environment
Many Filipinos are praising international media for its comprehensive coverage of the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in Phl) and for bringing the flight of typhoon victims to the global community.
The special coverage of the tragic event brought about by the onslaught of Super Typhoon Haiyan triggered an avalanche of all forms of donations and aid coming from the international community.
Filipinos who have access to cable television were treated to a first-hand account of the developments at the scene right after the landfall of the killer typhoon.
In particular, CNN International launched immediately after landfall its special coverage of the typhoon aftermath, sending over to the badly hit city of Tacloban its senior news anchor Anderson Cooper and his team composed of Kristie Lu Stout, Paula Hancocks, Ana Coren, Ivan Watson and Andrew Stevens and Nick Patton Walsh, among others.
Rafael Alunan, a former cabinet secretary, thanked members of media for reporting at the scene and for their perseverance to gather information on the extent of damage caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
"Thank you international mass media for reporting at the scene. If it weren't for your multiplier effect, we won't be receiving the kind of attention and assistance from the global community. Alunan said.
"Thank you too for your perseverance to penetrate the most difficult places to get your stories. If it weren't for that, we wouldn't know half of the damage, status and their locations." the former secretary of tourism added.
Journalist Isah Red praised CNN for doing a great job, saying he is tuned to CNN 24 hours.
"CNN International is doing a great job covering Tacloban City and the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Andrew Stevens is in Tacloban and Kristie Lou Stout is in Manila. I'm tuned to CNN HD for nearly 24 hours as I can't understand why local TV networks continue to show their commercial programs as if nothing had happened in Central Philippines. That's what I call INSENSITIVITY!" Read more:
Government TV networks as well as leading private TV stations have been widely criticized for not giving more air time to the typhoon aftermath coverage. The government operates three TV networks but none of them made a 24/7 coverage.
Some of the private TV networks have their affiliated cable stations but their local viewers are limited due to high cost of cable TV subscriptions. Read more.
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