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Philippines urged to drop sedition charges against journalists

[JURIST] The Committee to Protect Journalists [advocacy website] urged the Philippines government Friday to drop sedition charges [press release] against Daily Tribune [media website] publisher Ninez Cacho-Olivarez [profile] and columnists Ramon Seneres and Herman Tiu-Laurel. The journalists were charged with incitement to sedition [SEAPA report] earlier this week for having "continuously maligned and undermined the present administration."

The journalists wrote articles criticizing the administration of Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official website], which the government says will "lead or stir up the people against the lawful authorities." Authorities began investigating the three journalists after police raided the Tribune's Manila office in February 2006. AP has more.

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