One day before his term expires, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s government has ordered the closure of investigative website, Rappler. The independent news site, run by Nobel Prize winning journalist Maria Ressa has long been targeted by the Duterte government, for its reporting on the Philippines’ Drugs War.
On Tuesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission reaffirmed its order from 2018 for the site to cease operations. Ressa, has said Rappler isn’t shutting down and that it will pursue all legal options to have the order quashed.
DW’s Asia-Pacific Bureau chief Georg Matthes visited the Rappler offices in Manila and spoke to journalist Paterno Esmaquel II about what the shutdown order means for media freedom in the Philippines.
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