Pierre Omidyar

Philippine government orders closure of news site Rappler, fueling concerns about press freedoms

Philippine government orders closure of news site Rappler, fueling concerns about press freedoms

Rappler, a digital pioneer in the Philippine media scene, won international awards for its critical, unabashed look at President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war.

Now the independent online news site is trying to stay alive.

Philippine authorities this week ordered Rappler to close, infuriating media rights groups and casting uncertainty on the sanctity of press freedoms in the three-decade-old democracy.

Rappler’s troubles appear to stem from its connection to prominent American tech czar Pierre Omidyar, founder of Ebay, whose philanthropic investment network has poured money into the upstart...

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