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Duterte’s Philippines threatens news website with criminal charges
Shanghai: The Philippine government said Friday that it would charge a veteran journalist and her online news startup with tax evasion, a move the publication described as an attack against media in the country by the…
- The Sydney Morning Herald
- The New York Times
The country’s Department of Justice said it had grounds to indict the startup, Rappler, and its founder, Maria Ressa, for tax evasion and failure to file tax returns.
Rappler denied the charges, calling the case a “clear form of continuing intimidation and harassment,” and accused the government of trying to silence critical coverage. The penalties for tax evasion include a…