Rappler, founded in 2012 as a scrambling survey and entertainment space, has been the main goal of its verbal abuse.…
Rappler, founded in 2012 as a scrambling survey and entertainment space, has been the main goal of its verbal abuse. Its star-political reporter, Pia Ranada, has in particular been designated. At a press conference, Mr Duterte warned her not to go to her hometown Davao, where he once was mayor, to “something bad will happen to you”.
Earlier this year, Ranada was removed from the press pass, which allowed her to cover Malacañang Palace, the Philippine equivalent of the White House. Rapporteur reporters have been ruled out of covering some official presidential events. Such treatment has caused media groups.
“Dutert’s inability to tolerate resistance seems to be part of the increasingly authoritarian approach that his presidency has taken,” said the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines in a statement on Sunday evening.
Rappler’s pressroom has also been on the front line of a war against miss information on Facebook, where most of the Philippines get their news. Rapporteur reporter has been the target of online death and rape threats so serious that senior editors have discussed installing bulletproof windows at the news agency’s office.
This year, Rappler became an official biller for Facebook, who has called the Philippines “Patient Zero” in the battle against wrong information.
The Philippine Government’s Objective Against Ms. Ressa and Rappler were presented by the Ministry of Justice and centered on an investment in Rappler in Rappler by Omidyar Network, an American organization owned by Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay. The core of that case is a financial transaction that is also subject to a Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission initiative this year to revoke Rapper’s license to drive.
The charges treat Rappler as if it were a “securities dealer” and not a news agency, said Mrs Ressa, adding that Rappler has paid the right taxes required by a news agency in the Philippines.