Close  

Palace: Gov’t not behind red-tagging journalists; NUJP just ‘paranoid’

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 02:05 PM January 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang denied Thursday that the government was behind the campaign to vilify the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) by linking them to communist rebels.

A number of Manila-based tabloids on January 7 released stories linking the NUJP to the  Communist Party of the Philippines, the political arm of the New People’s Army.

ADVERTISEMENT

A day after, the state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) published a story titled “Red link tag on NUJP not ‘orchestrated’: ex-rebels.”

READ: NUJP: Red-tagging of journalists ‘idiotic,’ puts them in danger

FEATURED STORIES

“Now we can say for certain that government is involved in this nefarious effort,” NUJP said in a statement.

NUJP said “this administration has been transformed into a paragon of incompetence and fakery masquerading as journalism.”

Sought for comment, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo denied the government or the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) was behind the red-tagging against the journalists’ group.

“No,” Panelo answered briefly when asked if the government was behind the smear campaign against NUJP.

“Maybe they are just paranoid.  There is no such thing. PCOO will not do that. PNP does not do that also,” the palace official said. /je

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: communist, Journalist, Malacañang, New People's Army, news, NPA, NUJP, Palace, Panelo, red
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.