Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson on Tuesday responded to Rappler reporter Pia Ranada's claim that the Palace's decision to ban her from covering inside Malacañang was an affront to press freedom.
Uson disagreed, telling her millions of followers of her Facebook blog that Rappler has been publishing "fake news."
"Mam PIA RANADA ikaw lang ang hindi pinapasok sa Malacañang PRESS FREEDOM na kaagad???? Opinyon ko lang ito hindi ng PCOO [Presidential Communications Operations Office], frieeeend sobra na kasi ang FAKE NEWS niyo," Uson said.
She said Ranada can still write stories about President Rodrigo Duterte, whose speeches are streamed online.
"Hindi ka naman pinipigilan mag report sa blog niyo manuod ka nalang sa fb live ng speech. Tapos ireport mo lahat ang gusto mong ireport. Suppression ba ng PRESS FREEDOM yun? Dili man uy," Uson said.
Ranada earlier said what happened to her was an example of prior restraint.
"I feel dismayed kasi for me it's my work to cover Malacañang. It's my job. It's my livelihood. The Duterte administration kept saying they respect press freedom and yet we have this incident parang prior restraint na ito for me. I can't cover Malacañang events. I can't cover the President's speeches. I'm only allowed to listen to the livestream," she told Palace reporters.
Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Rappler can no longer cover inside Malacañang unless it secures a stay order from the Court of Appeals on the decision of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that revoked the online news site's incorporation papers.
Guevarra, citing Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, said Rappler's accreditation "has accordingly ceased.
Mocha Uson to Pia Ranada: ‘Ikaw lang ang hindi pinapasok sa Malacañang PRESS FREEDOM na kaagad?’
4/ 5Oleh BNP Correspondent