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Police officers are seen in Manila, the Philippines, on March 25, 2020. National police recently filed a criminal complaint on behalf of Cavite City authorities against two journalists for spreading 'false information' about COVID-19. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Two reporters charged for spreading ‘false information’ about COVID-19 in the Philippines

Bangkok, April 3, 2020 — Cavite City authorities in the Philippines should withdraw their criminal complaints against journalists Mario Batuigas and Amor Virata, and refrain from threatening journalists covering the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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