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Rappler, tinawag na ‘misinformed, misplaced’ ang request ni Mocha Uson

Binuweltahan ng online news website na Rappler ang request ni PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson sa boss nitong si Secretary Martin Andanar na ilipat ito sa kanyang jurisdiction.

Ayon kay Uson, ang kanyang request kay Andanar ay umano’y “pagtatama ng mali”.

Iginiit ni Uson na social media-based lamang ang Rappler at hindi dapat ito kabilang sa Malacañang Press Corp.

“The undersigned, pursuant to her mandate for social media respectfully requests clarification on a member of the Malacañang Press Corp. (sic) Rappler, an online publication that has no counterpart print or broadcast arm is technically considered social media. This should fall under the rules on accreditation by my office,” ani Uson.

Matatandaang inilagay ni President Rodrigo Duterte si Uson sa PCOO upang pamunuan ang Social Media Office nito.

Kasunod ng pagtatalaga sa kanya, naglabas ang PCOO ng Department Order No. 15 na layong i-accredit ang sinumang bloggers na gustong i-cover ang mga aktibidad ng Pangulo.

‘Misinformed, misplaced’

Tatlong argumento ang ipinunto ng Rappler bilang sagot sa request ni Uson.

Ayon sa kanila, isang independent private media company ang Rappler at walang kapangyarihan ang gobyerno na i-regulate ang media.

“Rappler is an independent private media company. Because the Constitution guarantees freedom of the press (Art. III, Section 4), government does not have the power to regulate independent media,” ani Rappler.

Iginiit ng Rappler na hindi attached agency ang Press Corp sa PCOO kung kaya malinaw na walang kapangyarihan sina Andanar at Uson na kontrolin sila.

“The Malacañang Press Corps (MPC) is an independent group unattached to any government agency and is not under government control nor the supervision of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO),” ani Rappler.

“MPC by-laws are explicit on accreditation and cover online news organizations like Rappler. Section 2 under “Qualifications for MPC Membership” states: “For internet-based media, the reporter must represent a website affiliated with a duly-recognized print/radio/TV agency, or established online news organization with regular deployment of personnel in major beats,” dagdag pa ng Rappler.

Ayon pa sa Rappler, tanging hinihingi ng DO 15 ay mga indibidwal at hindi news organizations.

The PCOO’s Interim Social Media Practitioner Accreditation covers only individuals and not news organizations. Section 5 of the PCOO’s Department Order 15 is categorical: “Social Media accreditation shall be issued to a Filipino Citizen who is at least eighteen (18) years of age, with not less than five thousand (5,000) followers in any social media platform,” ani Rappler.

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