UN rights chief notes intimidation of PH journalists, wants defamation decriminalized

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MANILA, Philippines — UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said countries should consider decriminalizing defamation, as several member-states of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) flagged the alleged “increasing criticism and intimidation” of journalists in the Philippines.

During the 44th general session of the UNHRC in Geneva, Switzerland on Tuesday, Bachelet presented to the council her the report of her office on the human rights situation in the Philippines.

Among the findings of the report included alleged harassment of human rights defenders, journalists, lawyers and trade unionists.

“In the case against Maria Ressa, Rappler and ABS-CBN, we are …

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The Philippine Daily Inquirer, popularly known as the Inquirer, is an English-language newspaper in the Philippines. Founded in 1985, it is often regarded as the Philippines' newspaper of record.

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