Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s contempt for journalists is well known. Photo: AP

Critics slam Duterte’s move to axe franchise of Philippine broadcaster ABS-CBN

  • In a Supreme Court filing, the Duterte government accused ABS-CBN of greedy business practices and breaching ownership laws
  • The case has thrown a spotlight on the use of the quo warranto petition – a legal mechanism favoured by the administration to ‘silence critics’, observers say
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s contempt for journalists is well known. Photo: AP
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Alan Robles

Alan Robles

Alan Robles has been a journalist for more than 30 years and has written for the SCMP since 2002. A freelance foreign correspondent specialising in politics, development, foreign affairs, science, environment and IT, he has a humour column at abs-cbnnews.com and runs the political satire site hotmanila.ph. He lectured for 12 years on digital media at the Internationales Institut fuer Journalismus in Berlin.