More than 100 sports media companies have sued the government over the implementation of the nation’s new digital pay-TV regulations, the Associated Press reported on Monday.
The groups, led by Fox Sports and the National Basketball Association (NBA), claim the new law violates their right to free speech, due process and free association, according to a report by the AP.
They also argue that the law’s requirement that pay-television providers post a video summary on their websites before each broadcast could be an undue burden on their ability to create and publish content.
The government’s new rules would take effect in 2019.
They are a key part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign to reform the Philippines’ dysfunctional media market, which he said was too heavily controlled by a handful of major media outlets.
Critics say the government’s efforts to change the media landscape are driven by political priorities.
Critics of the law say it would effectively destroy the ability of the government to provide basic, basic media to the public.