Shutdown Of Largest Media Network In The Philippines Amid COVID-19 Displaces 11K Workers

The Philippines' government telecommunications agency issued the shutdown order of ABS-CBN, the country's largest media network amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The station had been facing threats of license to operate suspension since early 2020 due to various issues such as foreign ownership, tax evasion and malicious reports against the Duterte administration which had all been clarified. The station's 11,000 employees of the station face unemployment amid the outbreak and the local journalist groups condemn the order for violating press freedom.