Philippines: Duterte to run for vice president in 2022
26 August 2021 | 10:58 am
Rodrigo Duterte is the ruling political party's vice-presidential nominee for next year's election. Critics say it's an attempt by the strongman to hold on to power after his presidential term ends.
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On June 15, RSF Germany's Christian Mihr tweeted: "A heavy blow against press freedom in the Philippines! Maria Ressa, who has only done her job as a journalist, was sentenced to prison this morning in Kafkaesque proceedings for Internet crime. The court has shown that it is not independent of the Duterte government."
As an investigative journalist in the Philippines, Maria Ressa has seen firsthand the impact of the gradual erosion of journalistic freedoms in her country. Under President Rodrigo Duterte, press freedom rankings have fallen to a record low.
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