Head of Philippines news site Rappler meets investigators over complaint

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Maria Ressa says move is part of a wider push to close the site down permanently because it is critical of president Rodrigo Duterte

The head of a Philippines news site ordered to be closed for ownership violations met with state investigators on Monday to answer what she called a “suspicious” complaint about a five-year-old story, as domestic fears grow of an impending crackdown on media.

Maria Ressa, chief of Rappler, maintains that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s revoking of Rappler’s licence on 11 January was designed to intimidate journalists whose reporting has challenged President Rodrigo Duterte, notorious for his public tirades against opponents.

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