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Duterte's moves against media critics draw international outcry

Rappler indicted on tax evasion charge; ABS-CBN faces threat to operating license

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has taken legal action against news outlets that critics say are aimed squelching coverage of the country's bloody drug war.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has drawn condemnation from international human rights groups by turning up the pressure on media organizations critical of his administration ahead of midterm elections next year.

The Department of Justice on Friday said it had indicted news site Rappler and its founder and executive editor Maria Ressa on charges of tax evasion.

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