Philippines

The high price of free Facebook in the Philippines

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Efforts to widen internet access around the world can bring benefits and unexpected risks. In the Philippines, the price was heavy.

Why it matters: Connecting the world doesn't always turn out harmoniously.

Journalist critical of Duterte receives threats from Philippine government

Rodrigo Duterte.
President Duterte. Photo: Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

The Philippine government is threatening to charge veteran journalist Maria Ressa and her start-up, Rappler, with tax evasion, the New York Times reports, which Rappler says is a "clear form of continuing intimidation and harassment."

The big picture: President Rodrigo Duterte has been a frequent attacker of the press in his country, according to the Times, using government institutions to put pressure on reporters and warning that "just because you're a journalist you are not exempted from assassination." This recent threat adds to a concerning trend around the world of journalists coming under attack, including the latest murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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