Access to Information in The Philippines

Let me talk about freedom of access to information in the Philippines based on my two months observation. It’s quite similar to Cambodia. When my friend Sophea and I went to meet a police official to ask him about his opinion toward upcoming SONA event (when Present talks to public), we were denied in excuse that he was not a right person to give the interview. Another case was when I requested for permission from local authority to produce the mini documentary. They need us to fill the form and give documentation about our purposes, and they asked us to pay about 10 US dollars to get approval. The cooperation of government officials with journalists is still limited which is a challenge for journalists to bridge between government and citizens. To cope with such situation, journalists have to be flexible and persuasive to explain their news source to gather information for their audiences.

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