'Public rallies behind journalists with credibility'

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 14 2018 10:58 PM | Updated as of Feb 15 2018 12:07 AM

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MANILA - Journalists can expect public support if they remain true to their craft and stand on credibility, Australian journalist Peter Greste said Wednesday.

Greste, who was jailed in Egypt for 400 days on suspicion that he was supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood, said he became a free man once again "because of massive international campaign and massive public support that we had as journalists."

"As journalists, the only thing we have to stand on is our records, is our credibility. If that is solid, if people know that they can trust your information, then they will stand behind you," he told ANC's Headstart.

"We've got to hold that line. As tough as it is to make money in this world, to hold on to eyeballs, fundamentally, if you're not holding on to your basic ethics as a journalists you can't expect public trust, public confidence, and public support," he said.