Politiko : Marcos admin eyeing ‘more expansive’ media protection policy

By Prince Golez | Politiko

The incoming administration of presumptive president Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is crafting a “more expansive” policy that will ensure the safety and wellbeing of media workers in the country, designated press secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said.

Cruz-Angeles made the statement Wednesday following the appeal of the National Press Club (NPC) for the Marcos administration to continue its support for the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS).

“We are always concerned about the safety of our journalists. We are crafting possibly a new policy on this one. Possibly also make it a little more expansive. We are well aware of the concern of our NPC regarding this, so we have been responsive. We are already working on it,” she said during a Laging Handa briefing.

When asked to elaborate plans of the Marcos administration to protect the independence and rights of the press, Cruz-Angeles said: “We are looking into welfare not just safety or protection because apparently the current policy is focused on attacks, physical attacks on our journalists.”

“We would also like to look at expanding it to include the welfare of our journalists. Some of them have been hit very hard by the pandemic. So, we would like to take a look at that trend, that expansion of the policy in that direction,” she added.

In October 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Administrative Order No. 1, creating the PTFoMS in order to protect and ensure a safe environment for all journalists and media workers.