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Philippines: Drop Charges Against Rappler, Editor

Expand Journalists work at the Rappler office in Metro Manila, Philippines, January 15, 2018. © 2018 Dondi Tawatao/Reuters (New York) – Philippine authorities should drop politically motivated criminal charges against the news website Rappler and its editor, Maria Ressa, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities are using tax laws in the latest attempt to muzzle prominent critics of President Rodrigo Duterte and his “war on drugs. On November 14, 2018, the Philippine Justice Department filed a criminal case against Rappler Holdings Corporation and Ressa, its president, for allegedly supplying…

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