Philippines authorities have again ordered the shutdown of an investigative news site founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa.

Rappler is one of the few Philippines media outlets critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s government.

The regulator’s ruling comes just before Duterte leaves office and is succeeded by his ally Ferdinand Marcos Jr. who won election in May.

Rappler said it wouldn’t be closing and would challenge the order in court.

“We will continue to work and to do business as usual,” Ms Ressa told newsmen today. 

“We will follow the legal process and continue to stand up for our rights. We will hold the line.”

She said the ruling had come after “highly irregular” proceedings, and the site couldn’t “count on rule of law” anymore.

The regulator first issued an order against Rappler in 2018, invalidating the news organisation’s credentials because – it said – the company had sold control of itself to a foreign entity in breach of foreign ownership restrictions in Philippines media.

Credit: BBC

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