Duterte slammed for Rappler ban

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MANILA (AFP) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s move to ban a critical news website from covering the presidential palace is a threat to press freedom, rights and media groups said yesterday. Mr Duterte’s spokesman said the president had decided to bar Rappler journalists from covering his events due to a “lack of trust”. Human Rights Watch said the move “threatens media freedoms”. “It could portend a broader assault on journalists and news organisations, whose critical watchdog role has magnified the government’s poor human rights record,” it said in a statement.

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