Rodrigo Duterte

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Autocrats meet growing resistance with harsher crackdowns

Autocratic-leaning populists — politicians who win at least relatively free and fair elections but undermine democracy upon taking office — have proliferated globally, from Hungary to the Philippines to Brazil. Several years into their tenures, some of these leaders now face increasing domestic resistance.

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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