Philippines confirms news site closure order


Honolulu (AP) —Philippines journalist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa confirms her previous order to shut down her co-founded news website, Rappler, in a speech in Hawaii on Tuesday. I announced that I am doing it. About President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody crackdown on illegal drugs.

The Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines said it confirmed its previous decision to revoke Rappler’s certificate of establishment while speaking at the East-West Center in Honolulu.

“Part of the reason I didn’t sleep much last night was basically because I was ordered to shut down,” Lessa told the audience.

Last year, Lessa became the first Filipino with her Russian Dmitry Muratov Became the first working journalist for over 80 years to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

She was a featured speaker this week East-West Center International Media Conference.

The order was dated June 28, reaffirming the previous decision to revoke the founding certificates of Rappler Inc. and Rappler Holdings Corp., Rappler said in a statement. “We have the right to appeal this decision, especially because the procedure was so irregular that we will appeal it,” the statement said.

“We haven’t shut down,” Lessa said. “Well, I shouldn’t say that.”

There were no announcements regarding the decision on the Philippine Stock Exchange website before the opening hours of the Philippines, which was already Wednesday.

AP was unable to reach Lessa in Honolulu immediately.

She co-founded Rappler in 2012. This website is one of several news agencies that are considered critical of Duterte’s policies.

Since taking office in 2016, Duterte has openly accused journalists of writing unfavorable stories about him. He was particularly afflicted with critical coverage of his drug eradication campaign, which killed thousands of almost poor suspects and garnered international criticism.

After winning a landslide in last month’s election, Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in the presidential election and Sara Duterte (daughter of Duterte) in the vice presidential election will take office on Thursday.

Lessa was convicted of defamation and remained on bail while the proceeding was appealed.

The Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines has revoked Rappler’s license, which ruled that it violated a ban on foreign ownership and media control.

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