Duterte Signs Law Penalizing Unlawful Utterances, Fake News

President Rodrigo Duterte signed a law that would impose penalties on a person found guilty of spreading fake news that might affect public order; unlawful use of publication; and unlawful utterances. Fake news has been a major issue since the campaign last year, though ironically, the president’s rabid supporters are the ones guiltiest. There are concerns that this may be used to further stifle any opposition and thereby consolidate Duterte’s power. There are also similarities to martial law-era provisions when the…

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