56% of Filipinos think denial of franchise to ABS-CBN a ‘blow to press freedom’ – SWS

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MANILA, Philippines — Majority of Filipinos consider the denial of ABS-CBN Corp.’s franchise application a “blow to press freedom.”

Results of a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey released Saturday show that 56 percent of Filipinos said the decision of the House committee on legislative franchises to disapprove a fresh 25-year franchise for ABS-CBN is an attack against press freedom.

However, 27 percent of the 1,555 Filipino respondents to surveys conducted from July 3 to July 6 think the rejection of ABS-CBN’s franchise application is not a jab at the freedom of the press.

On the other hand, 15 percent are undecided on the issue, according to the SWS survey.

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