Philippine digital news outlet Rapper has licence revoked after Duterte threat

Rappler's registration revoked in the Philippines

Rappler has its license revoked as its fight with the Philippines government deepens

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he "did not give a shit" as his government moved to shut down a news website that has been critical in its reporting on his deadly drug war, with media watchdogs raising fears over eroding freedoms.

Apart from the corporate sanction, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre told reporters Wednesday government prosecutors were also studying the possible filing of criminal charges against Rappler officials for violating an 81-year-old anti-dummy law.

Maria Ressa, CEO of Rappler, said the ruling was "very political nature" of the decision, adding that "due process" was not followed resulting in Rappler not being given a chance to respond to the findings of the investigation.

Roque, earlier yesterday, said Malacañang had not influenced the SEC, and that Duterte had called him to ask why critics were pointing the finger at him. "They can not continue conducting their business as Rappler since that company has, for all intents and purposes, been declared void".

"We're not closing down", she said. We're forged in fire.

A rappler employee exits its office at the Capitol Commons in Pasig on Monday, January 15, 2018 after Maria Reesa and Chay Hofilena gave a press briefing to media as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) orders the revocation of its license to operate. Rappler denied any wrongdoing, stating that neither of the company's two foreign investors retain ownership shares.

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Rappler has contended that its funding from Omidyar Network, created by eBay founder and entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar, is through Philippine Depositary Receipts. The SEC claimed this scheme violated foreign ownership and control laws.

"We call on authorities to reverse the politicized decision to revoke Rappler's operating license and to desist from all legal threats and harassment against its journalists and executives", said Shawn Crispin, CPJ's senior Southeast Asia representative.

"Our end goal is not to make money, but to be self-sufficient", she said.

The law prohibits the transfer of ownership of a business in a sector reserved for Filipinos to a foreigner. You said, "PDRs patently defy the Constitution's limits on foreign investments". Rappler, a fusion of the words "rap" and "ripple", seeks to make waves and stir public discussions through its news reports and social media engagements.

Third, its web audience and brand renown are sure to have surged, making Rappler even more influential and, for its investors, more valuable.

In an angry outburst, he accused local news website Rappler, which first reported the allegations, of publishing "fake news". Rappler's unique visitors reach almost 400,000 daily and 8.5 million monthly, and the group's employee count has risen tenfold to over 100.

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President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday majority of SEC members were appointees of his predecessor. We can debate now. Duterte himself singled out the publication in his State of the Nation address last July, claiming it is fully American owned.

Roque has framed the moves against Rappler as a lawful response to violations of constitutional provisions, not as an attack against the news media.

The fiery 72-year-old said the Rappler sanction was not his own doing, then went on to accuse unnamed sectors of the media of "attacking us below the belt".

Article 16, Section 11 (1) of the 1987 Constitution provides that ownership and management of media "shall be limited to citizens of the Philippines, or to corporations, cooperatives or associations, wholly owned and managed by such citizens".

Amnesty International called it "an alarming attempt to silence independent journalism", describing Rappler as "fearless in holding those in power to account".

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