[Statement] HRW reaction to petition by Solicitor General Calida asking the Philippine Supreme Court to issue a gag order on ABS-CBN case

HRW reaction to the petition by Solicitor General Calida asking the Philippine Supreme Court to issue a gag order on ABS-CBN case:

“This is ridiculous, a clear case of adding insult to injury. First, the government petitions to end the ABS-CBN franchise and now it is proposing to silence all critics with an absurd gag order on specious grounds. Why are President Duterte and the Philippine government so scared of independent opinions and a free press? Let’s hope the Supreme Court upholds the principle of freedom of expression and rules against the Solicitor-General’s request.”

Phil Robertson
Deputy Asia Director
Human Rights Watch
@reaproy

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