Netizens remain divided on SEC’s order to shut down Rappler

Shara Mae Balce
PUBLISHED January 16, 2018 10:59 am | UPDATED January 16, 2018 03:54 pm

(Inside Manila) The move of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to revoke the registration certificates of Rappler drew mixed reactions online.

The media organization allegedly violated the Foreign Equity Restriction of the Philippine Constitution, which states that "the ownership and management of mass media shall be limited to citizens of the Philippines, or to corporations, cooperatives or associations, wholly-owned and managed by such citizens."

Netizens remain divided on the issue, some siding with the SEC, some showed their support for Rappler.

Other netizens said the SEC’s move was a blatant attack against press freedom making #SupportRappler, #IStandWithRappler, and #DefendPressFreedom trending on Twitterverse.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), in a statement, expressed its “outraged” saying that they stand with the online news site.

Meanwhile, several senators criticized the decision of SEC.

In a tweet, Senator Risa Hontiveros said the revocation is “pure harassment and a clear attack on press freedom. She described it as “Marcosian,” referring to late dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Liberal Party (LP) president Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan” affirmed that the former ruling party stands with Rappler.

Here are other senator’s side.



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