Rappler can remain online if it operates out of PH – Luis Teodoro
Rappler can still continue its operations if it moves its base of operations out of the Philippines, according to Luis Teodoro, former dean of the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication.
Teodoro said that a web-only news organization like Rappler could still continue its operations even if the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforced its order revocating its license to operate in the country for violating the constitutional ban on foreign ownership in media.
The SEC accused Rapler of “deception” in dodging the media ban on foreign investors when it accepted funds from Omidyar Network Fund.
“Kung lalabas sila sa Pilipinas (puwede), online naman sila. Sa panahon ng internet, puwede pa rin mag-operate sila online. But they have to be based elsewhere. Habang nandito sila, sila’y subject to Philippine laws,” said Teodoro in an interview with DZMM.
Rappler has a satellite office in akarta, Indonesia.
A sad day for democracy and press freedom. We at Rappler received the SEC’s kill order revoking our license to operate – the first of its kind in Philippine history. This is a clear, distinct attack on media by govt. We won’t allow it. https://t.co/fOjzA23OPC
— Natashya Gutierrez (@natashya_g) January 15, 2018