MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – More than a week after President Rodrigo Duterte banned Rappler from the Malacañang complex, he and senior Palace officials still can’t seem to agree on why exactly the ban was imposed.
The lack of information of top officials about the order and the ever-changing tune about it has confused the public. The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines has slammed the ban as a display of “extreme pettiness” on Duterte’s part. Lawmakers and other critics have called the move an act of “censorship” with a “chilling effect” on media.
Here’s a timeline of Duterte’s and Malacañang officials’ evolving statements about Rappler’s Palace coverage:
April 11, 2019
Pia Ranada covers the Office of the President and Bangsamoro regional issues for Rappler. While helping out with desk duties, she also watches the environment sector and the local government of Quezon City. For tips or story suggestions, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.