Philippines newspaper charged with sedition after crackdown

On March 4, 2006, following the end of President Gloria Arroyo's state of emergency, the Manila Daily Tribune reported that it had been charged with sedition. The newspaper's vocal criticism of the president led to a government raid while the state of emergency was in force. Specific charges were also filed against the publisher and editor-in-chief of the paper. President Arroyo declared the state of emergency on February 24, 2006, after uncovering a plot to remove her from office. Critics of the president and her administration were arrested on February 25, 2006, and the state of emergency was lifted on March 3, 2006.

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