MANILA — The Aquino government today announced closure of a newspaper supporting ousted ruler Ferdinand E. Marcos and blocked broadcast of a television interview with fired Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile.
Critics said the shutdown of the Daily Express newspaper and the ban on broadcasting the Enrile interview on state-run television constituted censorship. Government officials denied the allegation.
The Presidential Commission on Good Government announced the Daily Express will be closed effective Jan. 31 because it is a drain on the national treasury.
The 15-year-old newspaper was regarded as the mouthpiece of the Marcos government during the martial-law years of 1972-1981.
The commission took it over after Marcos' ouster last year because the newspaper allegedly was financed with money Marcos obtained illegally.