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The PCO pledges to support a “free media environment.”

On Thursday, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) reiterated the government’s commitment to creating a free media environment where journalists may operate safely without fear of retaliation as it coincided with the 30th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day.

The PCO stated in a statement that it is difficult for journalists and media organizations to carry out their vital responsibility of providing the public with accurate information because of threats, intimidation, harassment, violence, and other issues.

“On this World Press Freedom Day, the Presidential Communications Office recognizes the vital role of a free and independent press in fostering democracy, promoting transparency, and upholding the principles of human rights,” the PCO stated. “We pay tribute to the courageous reporters who put their lives in danger every day to bring us the news and the tales that mold our world.”

The PCO demanded that journalists and media professionals around the world be given protection and denounced any attacks on press freedom.

The PCO stated, “We believe that a strong and independent press is essential for a healthy democracy, and we will keep working to ensure that the freedom of the press is safeguarded and honored in our nation.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. promised to continue working “hand-in-hand” with the media to strengthen press freedom last week at the 50th anniversary of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), assuring media professionals of the state’s continued commitment to protecting them and their rights in the practice of their profession.

He promised to “work hard” in order to “climb our way up” in the rankings of press freedom throughout the world.

The President mentioned in his speech the “instrumental role” played by the media in educating the populace, influencing public opinion, and “even triggering social mobilization and change.”

The press was therefore exhorted by the chief executive to “lead and foster public discussion, truth, and credibility, the rule of law, especially in the practice of broadcasting, news reporting, and information dissemination.”

Additionally, KBP received praise from Marcos for successfully establishing itself as an “institution of national significance” and for serving as an “efficient instrument of public service in Philippine society.”

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