Statement from the International Fact-Checking Network on the Philippine government’s decision to shut down Rappler
It is disappointing to see that the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines has upheld its earlier decision to revoke the certificates of incorporation of Rappler Inc. and Rappler Holdings Corporation, thereby prohibiting Rappler from operating in the country. It is outrageous and shameful that the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, in the final days of his presidency, is attacking press freedom so blatantly by attempting to shut down one of the largest publications in the Philippines.
Rappler has a long history of showcasing corruption and wrongdoing by powerful people in the Philippines. In this light, the legal action against Rappler can and should be considered retaliation.
The International Fact-Checking Network is dedicated to supporting press freedom and fact-checkers around the world, including our signatories. Rappler deserves to continue publishing hard-hitting investigative journalism and fact-checking that holds power and government accountable without threat of retaliation.
The precedent set by the revocation of Rappler’s ability to operate in the Philippines is alarming for fact-checkers and journalists around the world who work every day to bring truth to the public, in democracies and repressive governments alike. We wholeheartedly support Rappler in his ongoing fight for survival and in his upcoming appeal and legal battle against these draconian attacks on the press.
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