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Opinion

Duterte government's shutdown of ABS-CBN threatens Philippine freedom

News network closure comes as president consolidates pandemic powers

| Philippines

Richard Heydarian is an Asia-based academic, columnist and author of "The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt Against Elite Democracy." He was a resident political analyst for ABS-CBN in 2016.

For the first time since its forced closure in 1972, when President Ferdinand Marcos placed the Philippines under martial law, the country's largest media conglomerate has effectively been told to shut down its TV and radio broadcasts.

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