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The Most Heated Reactions To The Rappler Shutdown

They have 15 days to contest the decision
by Andrei Medina | Jan 16, 2018
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Local digital news site Rappler, which has been critical of the Duterte administration, is on the rocks after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently ordered its shutdown.

News broke out at the start of the week that the SEC has decided to revoke Rappler’s certificate of incorporation, an essential document that allows the online media organization to operate, after it allegedly violated various provisions in the Constitution that limits foreign ownership of local mass media entities.

Rappler can still continue its operations since the order is not yet final and executory. In a statement, Rappler said they would take the fight to court. “We intend to not only contest this through all legal processes available to us, but also to fight for our freedom to do journalism and for your right to be heard through an independent platform like Rappler.”

Rappler CEO and editor in chief Maria Ressa stated she wasn’t taking things personally against the SEC and would “do everything in my power not to let Rappler go down.”

Meanwhile, here’s what local personalities, organizations, and netizens had to say about the whole issue:

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These netizens weren’t pleased:

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Of course, there’s also some individuals who felt otherwise. Here’s the other side of the fence:

 

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