- Rappler sought for the help of the Supreme Court over the coverage ban ordered by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte
- The news site said that it was a violation of press freedom
- It has been 14 months since the ban took effect
News site Rappler has filed a petition before the Supreme Court to put an end to the coverage ban that President Rodrigo Duterte ordered effective on February 20, 2018.
KAMI learned that after 14 months, the news site, along with its reporters and managers, have sought the help of the High Court to lift the prior restraint.
According to Rappler's statement, the order of President Duterte has threatened the freedom of the press in the country. They added that it was a violation of the Philippine Constitution.
In a report by the ABS-CBN News (author Mike Navallo), Pres. Duterte accused Rappler of “twisting” his words last year.
"Huwag kayong sumagot. You’re investigating us, fact-finding, well sorry. Do not f*** with me. Mahirap kasi ‘pag palabas ‘yan, kita mo ‘yung mga newspaper, mga Rappler. Iba itong speech ko ngayon. Bukas, iba ang presentation niyan," he said.
"Kaya bawal ngayon sila (they are banned). That is my order. Do not talk to people who will produce lies out of your statements and who can twist it forever to the angle that they would like it to,” the President added.
The Palace has spoken regarding the recent petition of Rappler.
“It’s a free country. We do not interfere with the judiciary,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.
As previously reported by KAMI, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa was arrested on March 29 as soon as she arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). She was accused of violating the Anti-Dummy Law. It was the 11th case filed against Rappler and the 7th against Ressa.
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