MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Online news website Rappler on Wednesday asked Malacañang to lift the ban on its reporters, a year since they were prohibited from covering Palace events.
In a letter addressed to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, the news website said the ban violates “a basic constitutional principle that no law or rule should be passed abridging the freedom of the press.”
CEO Maria Ressa added that Rappler cannot continue to use Google and its online search mechanisms or Wikipedia to gather facts and juicy rumors about Duterte and his administration. “We are committed to first-hand reporting and we can only do that if our star reporters like Pia Ranada are allowed back in Malacañang premises.”
In response, Medialdea said his office cannot favorably act on the request because Rappler is not considered a media company. “It is a dealer in stocks,” he said. “Let’s leave the Malacañang coverage to the legitimate press,” he added.