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NPC head lambasts order evicting two press corps from DoJ building

Monday, July 9, 2012

The National Press Club (NPC) has condemned the decision of the Department of Justice (DoJ) to evict from its building premises the two recognized press corps based on an alleged report by the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) that members of the press have become a “security threat” to its officials.

“We find the DoJ’s action suspicious; this is a ‘cloaked censorship’ aimed at restraining the media from gathering information, especially from officials and personalities who are connected with the office of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima,” NPC president Benny Antiporda said.

He noted the two press corps at the DoJ main building, Jucra (Justice and Court Reporters Association) and Juror (Justice Reporters Organization), have been staying on the same floor where the office of De Lima is located so they can immediately gather news on important issues that need the immediate reaction of the justice secretary.

The Jucra has been holding office at the DoJ since 1977 while the Juror has also been given accommodation by the department since the 1980s, during the time of President Corazon Aquino..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/metro-section/item/1276-npc-head-lambasts-order-evicting-two-press-corps-from-doj-building

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