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The Philippines' largest television network, which refused to air Duterte's 2016 presidential campaign, has been forced off air, striking a blow to media freedom

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Reporters and editors at work in the newsroom of ABS-CBN News in February in Quezon City, Metro Manila.
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  • On Tuesday, the Philippines' largest television network ABS-CBN was ordered to stop broadcasting.
  • The order didn't come out of nowhere. President Rodrigo Duterte has been feuding with ABS-CBN since the network refused to air his 2016 presidential campaign ads.
  • The station has also closely documented Duterte's deadly war on drugs, which has seen thousands of people killed.
  • The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines told The New York Times that ABS-CBN's closure sent a clear message: "What Duterte wants, Duterte gets."
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The Philippines' largest television news broadcaster has been ordered off the air by the government, and watchdogs are calling it a blow to the country's press freedom.

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appOn Tuesday, the National Telecommunications Commission, the Philippines' media regulator, told ABS-CBN it had to stop broadcasting. 

The network's broadcasting license expired because lawmakers aligned with President Rodrigo Duterte, a long-time critic of the network, purposefully stalled work on bills that would have allowed the network to remain on the air, according to . 

ABS-CBN, which employs about 11,000 people and produces news, entertainment shows, and sports coverage, said it would follow the regulator's order and switched off on Tuesday evening, according to . 

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appBut the company released a statement that warned: "Millions of Filipinos will lose their source of news and entertainment when ABS-CBN is ordered to go off the air on TV and radio tonight when people need crucial and timely information as the nation deals with the COVID-19 pandemic."

It's the first time this has happened to a major network in the Philippines since Duterte became president. But the order didn't come out of nowhere. Duterte has been feuding with ABS-CBN since the network refused to air his 2016 presidential campaign ads, the . 

Once he was elected, the network also closely documented his controversial war on drugs, which has seen thousands die in extrajudicial killings by police.

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Supporters and employees of ABS-CBN network protest in February.
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Duterte's relationship with the media, in general, has been strained. According to The New York Times, he's called reporters "sons of b------," said that none should be exempt from assassination, and told some that they were spies. 

2020欧洲杯足彩外围appHe also went after another news outlet, Rappler, which now faces nearly a dozen court cases for its coverage of Duterte's war on drugs. Maria Ressia, who runs the outlet, said she has faced death threats and is facing a possible prison sentence as a result, telling that Duterte was trying to silence and manipulate the press. 

In regard to the closure of ABS-CBN, The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines told The New York Times it sent a "clear message: What Duterte wants, Duterte gets. And it is clear, with this brazen move to shut down ABS-CBN, that he intends to silence the critical media and intimidate everyone else into submission."

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