Government and media agree on coverage guidelines

Philippine Presidential Palace

The Philippine Star wrote that the Government and the Media have agreed on coverage guidelines.

Secretary for Operations Herminio Coloma said in the event of a crisis, an “exclusion zone” would be designated for media and spectators, and a spokesman would be designated to provide details of the crisis.

Live media coverage in hostage-taking incidents would also be limited so the hostage-taker would not monitor tactical operations of the police.

Coloma said the media would also not be allowed to interfere in the negotiations with the hostage-taker, which requires professional training.

“It is much preferred for the broadcast media to impose self-restraint,” Coloma told a press briefing.

He assured the media that President Aquino is not curtailing press freedom.

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