Statement from the International Fact-Checking Network on the Philippine government’s decision to shut down Rappler

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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.

Signatories

Animal policy (Mexico) / Aos Fatos (Brazil), Faktoje (Albania) / Källkritikbyrån (Sweden) / myth detector (Georgia) / Main stories (United States) / NewsMobile (India, Asia-Pacific, United States, Europe) / Check Mala Espina (Chile) / Istinomjer / Raskrinkavanje (Bosnia and Herzegovina) / ColombiaCheck (Colombia) / FactCheck.org (United States) / Political page/Facta.news (Italy) / Fakenews.pl (Poland) / Mafindo (Indonesia) / FactCheckHub (Nigeria) / Lupa (Brazil) / Mongolian Fact-Checking Center (Mongolia) / MyGoPen (Taiwan) / FactWatch (Bangladesh) / VERA files (Philippines) / DoneCrescendo (India, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cambodia) / Rumor Analyzer (Bangladesh) / First check (India) / Stopfals.md (Moldova) / Verification (Catalonia, Spain) / In fact (India) / FactCheck Georgia (Georgia) / Ellinika Hoaxes (Greece) / Doğruluk Payı (Turkey) / StopFake.org (Ukraine) / Delfi lie detector (Lithuania) / news checker (India, Bangladesh, Nepal) / Fact-Checking Lab (Hong Kong) / Tempo.co (Indonesia) / istinomer (Serbia) / Knack Magazine (Belgium), ADS/hibrid.info (Kosovo) / Demagog (Poland), Logically (UK, India), Maldita.es (Spain) / AAP Fact Check (Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands) / Raskrinkavanje.me (Montenegro) / TEMPO (Indonesia), Teyit (Turkey) / Check Media Platform (Syria / Turkey) / Newtral (Spain) / Faktisk.no (Norway) / TjekDet (Denmark) / Fact check Ghana (Ghana)/ Cotejo.Info (Venezuela), poligrafo (Portugal), The FactCheck Log (Ireland), Complete Fact (UK), Fatabyyano (Middle East and North Africa), FactSpace West Africa (Ghana/Gambia), Fact Yoxla (Azerbaijan), BOOM (India, Burma, Bangladesh), Africa Check (South Africa, Senegal, Nigeria, Kenya), VishvasNews (India), CORRECTIV.Faktencheck (Germany), Estadão Verifica (Brazil), Truthmeter.mk/Metamorphosis Foundation (North Macedonia) / Check your fact (United States) / Chequeado (Argentina) / PolitiFact (United States) RMIT ABC Fact Check/ RMIT FactLab (Australia) 20 minute simulation (France).

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