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Palace rejects CPJ statement

/ 05:16 AM April 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) statement that there is “shrinking space for free press” in the Philippines is a hasty generalization, Malacañang said on Wednesday.

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo rejected the New York-based media advocacy group’s expression of alarm over the “oppressive” working environment for journalists in the Philippines.

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The CPJ cited the cases filed against Rappler and its executive editor Maria Ressa.

“The expression of sympathy of [CPJ] to the plight of Ms. Ressa, noting the alleged oppressive working environment for journalists is alarming …  is a generalization that has no basis in fact nor in law,” Panelo said. —Leila B. Salaverria

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