Limiting access to blotter reports is ill advised

The PNP circular denying media access to police blotters is
ill-advised and should be rescinded immediately.

A police blotter is public record and should, thus, be made available
immediately upon request not just to media but to every lawful citizen
of this country.

Requiring a court order or the approval of a police commander before
being allowed access to the blotter is patently illegal as it is a
clear violation of the constitutional right to access to information.

We understand and appreciate Director General Jesus Verzosa’s wish to
make the PNP more sensitive to and respectful of human rights, as he
did in stopping the practice of parading suspects in public.

In this case, however, we believe he is overzealous and urge him to
immediately rectify the situation.

For reference:

Rowena C. Paraan
Treasurer, NUJP
Executive Coordinator, IFJ-NUJP Media Safety Office

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