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Philippine Government Bans Journalist from Presidential Palace

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration renewed its assault on the media by banning a reporter and the executive editor from the news site Rappler from entering the executive office at Malacañang Palace. The ban followed a Senate hearing on a controversial frigate deal, during which a top Duterte aide accused Rappler and the Philippine Daily Inquirer of publishing “fake news,” which both news outlets denied. Expand Journalists work at the Rappler office in Metro Manila, Philippines, January 15, 2018. © 2018 Dondi Tawatao/Reuters The administration gave no clear reasons for…

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