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World Headlines: How International Media Frames the Shutdown of ABS-CBN

Global media reports ABS-CBN's closure, which has been characterized as an attack on freedom of speech and democracy.
ILLUSTRATOR Warren Espejo
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The shuttering of ABS-CBN has sent shock waves not just in the Philippines but the rest of the world. On May 5, the media giant’s free TV and radio operations went dark after the sign off of its nightly news broadcast, TV Patrol. ABS-CBN follows the cease and desist order of the National Telecommunications Commission. 

“It’s painful for us that we are being shut down, but it’s also painful for millions of our countrymen who believe that our service is important to them,” said ABS-CBN chairman Mark Lopez minutes before the station went off the air. 

Here is how international media views the closure of the independent Filipino network. 

The New York Times

“Leading Philippine Broadcaster, Target of Duterte’s Ire, Forced Off the Air ABS-CBN”

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The Washington Post

“Philippines orders its largest broadcaster off the air as nation fights virus”

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The Guardian

“Philippines' main channel forced off-air amid coronavirus lockdown”

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CBS News

“Philippines' biggest TV network silenced after years feuding with Duterte”

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Bloomberg

“Philippines’ Largest Media Company Heeds Order to Shut”

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BBC News

“ABS-CBN: Philippines' biggest broadcaster forced off air”

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Aljazeera

“Philippines largest TV network ABS-CBN ordered shut”

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ABC News 

“Independent broadcaster ABS-CBN shut down by Philippines Government in 'crushing blow' to press freedom”

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The Japan Times

“Media company attacked by Duterte ordered to stop broadcast”

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Nikkei Asian Review

“Philippine TV network that angered Duterte ordered shut”

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South China Morning Post

"Philippines government orders top broadcaster ABS-CBN to halt operations"

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Variety

“Philippines Orders Closure of ABS-CBN Country’s Largest Broadcaster”

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Clifford Olanday
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