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.