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Philippines: Reject Sweeping ‘Fake News’ Bill

Expand Senate president Vicente Sotto III talks to the media in this May 2018 photo. Sotto, a staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, filed the bill against "false news" on July 1, 2019.  © 2018 AP Photo/Bullit Marquez (New York) The Philippines proposed law on “false content” is sweepingly broad and threatens to stifle discussion on websites worldwide, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should withdraw the Anti-False Content bill, popularly described as a bill on “fake news,” introduced in the Senate on July 1, 2019. “The Philippines ‘false content’ bill, if passed, would…

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