Ordered to shut down: Rappler, the Philippine-based news outlet
President Rodrigo Duterte, a longtime foe of the Philippine news site co-founded by Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa, has ordered to shut it down, the firm announced on Wednesday (Jun 29).
Duterte and the allegedly murderous drug campaign he unleashed in 2016 have drawn Ressa’s ire, and she and Rappler have been subjected to a slew of legal proceedings, investigations, and online threats since she began speaking out.
The Securities and Exchange Commission of the Philippines (SEC) has struck again (SEC).
Rappler’s “certificates of incorporation” were revoked for breaking “constitutional and statutory prohibitions on foreign ownership in mass media,” according to a statement released on Wednesday.
After the verdict was announced, Rappler said that it “essentially confirmed” the company’s shutdown and that it would appeal, calling the processes “very unusual.”
The executive editor and co-founder of the site, Glenda Gloria, told reporters that Rappler had discussed “all possible eventualities” with its workers since the SEC issued its initial order in 2018.
A “kill” command can never be adequately prepared for, as the saying goes, “nothing ever.”
Due to a constitutional ban on foreign ownership and tax avoidance by Duterte’s regime, Rappler has had to fight for its survival.