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Philippines announces charges against critical news site

Philippine prosecutors said Friday they will file tax evasion charges against a news website that has clashed with President Rodrigo Duterte, a case the outlet branded as an intimidation effort. Rappler, which denies the allegations, is one of few Philippine media outfits openly critical of Duterte s leadership, in particular his deadly anti-narcotics crackdown. The government accuses Rappler Holdings Corp., the site s CEO Maria Ressa and its accountant of failing to pay taxes on 2015 bond sales that it alleges netted gains of 162.5 million pesos (USD 3 million). The National Prosecution Service has found probable cause to indict... for violation of the national Internal Revenue Code, the justice department said in a statement. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra told AFP that state prosecutors are to file the tax evasion charges in court next week. Rappler described the case as a clear form of continuing intimidation and harassment as well as an attempt to silence reporting ...

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