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REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES: Attempts to shut down media outlet a blatant attack on free press

24 Jan 2018
[International Secretariat]
Region: REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES
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The Securities and Exchange Commission has revoked the registration of the independent media outlet Rappler for allegedly violating the Philippines Constitution and the so-called Anti-Dummy Law, which regulates foreign ownership of Filipino companies.

Rappler, however, says that while it is receiving investments from foreign funds, including the Omidyar Network, it is still a fully Filipino owned company. Rappler will continue to operate while it is appealing the decision.

“The moves is an alarming attempt to silence independent journalism. The government must immediately reverse this decision and end all efforts to stifle free press in the country.

“This is a politically motivated decision, pure and simple, and just the latest attempt to go after anyone who dares to criticise the government. Rappler has been fearless in holding those in power to account, including by consistently criticising the government’s murderous ‘war on drugs’. It has faced persistent harassment by government supporters and even the President himself.

“The Philippines government should focus on ending and investigating violations, mostly against poor communities, in the ‘war on drugs’, not trying to silence the messenger.

15 January 2018
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