Greenpeace issues statement on the ABS-CBN closure
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On the shutdown of ABS-CBN’s broadcast operations, Greenpeace Philippines country director Lea Guerrero said:
“Greenpeace stands with the media community in upholding press freedom and free speech, and in condemning the shutdown of ABS-CBN.
Media institutions are vital in a thriving democracy and crucial in times of crisis and are valuable advocacy partners of civil society organizations. It is doubly worrying that the shutdown comes during the COVID-19 crisis when vigilance to protect people’s rights and access to information is most needed.
We call on lawmakers to urgently tackle ABS CBN’s franchise renewal and act in the interest of the Filipino people in upholding a free and independent media.”