Palace plans accreditation for bloggers

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) is opening its doors to bloggers who want access to the President's activities.

A draft memorandum issued by PCOO lays out the accreditation process for bloggers who would like to cover the President's events.

The memorandum says "social media publishers" with "at least 1,000 followers or subscribers and which have "published regularly and consistently for 12 months" may apply for accreditation.

The online publications are also expected to be "editorially independent of any institution, foundation or interest group connected or affiliated in any manner with the government."

"Applicant must maintain a publicy-accessible social media page, blog or website, which generates content and whose principal advocacy is the daily dissemination of original news and/or opinion of interest," the memo says.

The memo also requires accredited bloggers to "post, share, and disseminate on his/her of their social media page, blog or website, the press releases and other news information issued by the PCOO."

It also tells them to "strictly abide" by the same "conduct of citizens using PCOO social media platforms."

The guidelines are:

  • Be respectful of other users in the site
  • Stay on topic. Do not upload content that is unrelated to the purpose or topic of the thread
  • Do not use language that is offensive, inflammatory or provocative
  • Do not post sexual content or links to sexual content
  • Do not break the law or encourage others to do so
  • In the course of using public spaces of the site or thread, do not post personal information
  • Do not impersonate or falsely claim to represent a person or an organization
  • Provide truthful and accurate content at all times
  • Do not make any commercial endorsement or promotion of any product, service or publication.