Philippines government orders closure of news website of Nobel-winning journalist Maria Resa Pi News

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The independent news organization ‘Rappler’, founded by Nobel Peace Prize-winning journalist Maria Resa, has been accused by the Philippines government of controlling foreign investors. Rappler, known for his anti-incumbency reporting, has spoken of challenging this decision.

Maria Resa. (Photo: Reuters)

New Delhi: The Philippines government has ordered the closure of Rappler, an independent news organization founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Resa.

According to the report, Resa was attending an international media conference in the US, where she gave information in this regard.

The Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (PSEC) upheld the earlier decision to revoke the news website’s operating license.

The decision came during the last two days of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term.

Duterte has repeatedly targeted Ressa and Rappler because the news site continues to report aggressive anti-incumbency. Rappler has announced that it will challenge the decision.

In his statement released on June 29, Rappler said, ‘We have all the legal remedies available to reach the Supreme Court of the country. Such actions of the government have been common to us, in our view, without the approval of the court, this (order) will not be effective immediately.

In the report on its website, Rappler noted that in July 2018, the Court of Appeals (CA) issued a ruling, which incorporated the PSEC’s findings that Rappler is controlled by foreign investors, which is prohibited by the Constitution. . According to the constitution, there should be zero foreign control over media companies. The judgment said that Rappler had issued Philippine Depository Receipts (PDRs) to foreign investor Omidyar.

“But in the same decision, CA stated that when Omidyar donated his PDR to Rapler’s Filipino manager, the negative foreign control found by the SEC to be objectionable appears to have ended permanently,” the report said. Is.’

The SEC stuck to its stand, so Rappler appealed against it. The recent order has come on the same appeal.

The website has said, ‘It has become common for all of us. We will adjust ourselves accordingly, keep ourselves alive and stand again.

Let us tell you that on June 8, the country’s telecommunications body had blocked many independent media websites in the country. The order was passed on the instructions of the country’s national security adviser Hermogenes Esperon. Esperon reportedly has ties to rebel leftist groups.

The sites that were blocked included independent news platforms as well as progressive groups such as Save Our Schools Network, Rural Missionaries of the Philippines.

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