Espina: Duterte’s hostility towards the press is ‘troubling’
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
The Bacolod City chapter of the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) and the Negros Press Club will hold a roundtable talk on defending press freedom today at the NPC Building along San Juan Street in Bacolod City.
In a statement forwarded by NUJP-Bacolod Chairman Marchel Espina yesterday, she said the hostility shown towards the press by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is “troubling.”
She explained, the media’s role as the “fourth estate” is to serve as a “check and balance” on the three branches of government.
Espina alleged the administration is attempting to silence and censor dissent, which she characterized as a “clear threat and harassment to the press.”
“We can’t have an administration dictating us on how to go about our [coverage],” she explained.
The NUJP, earlier this month, conducted several protest against the Duterte administration after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked the license of corporation of online news site Rappler.
The issue stemmed over allegations Rappler violated restrictions on foreign ownership of mass media entities./DGB, WDJ