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Philippine President Duterte Signs Anti-Terror Law in Further Blow to Freedom of Speech

HeadlineJul 06, 2020

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a so-called anti-terror bill into law, further consolidating his authoritarian power. Critics say the law could be used to silence all forms of dissent and threaten civil liberties. Human Rights Watch said the law “pushes Philippine democracy into an abyss.” Opponents say they will challenge the law in the courts.

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