Philippines journalist and outspoken Duterte critic found guilty of cyber libel in a major blow to the country’s press freedom
- A court in the Philippines has convicted Maria Ressa, the editor of the influential local news site Rappler Inc., of cyber libel, in a major blow to the country’s eroding press freedom.
- Rappler has provoked the ire of the Duterte administration for its fearless coverage and criticism of Duterte’s war on drugs.
- Ressa and a former Rappler writer-researcher named Reynaldo Santos Jr. face up to six years in prison under the country’s cyber libel laws.
- International rights groups have spoken out against the guilty verdict and have said that the move is aimed at shutting down criticism of the Duterte government.
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A court in the Philippines has convicted a veteran journalist and outspoken critic of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte of cyber libel in a major blow to the country’s eroding press freedom.
Maria Ressa, 56, is the editor of Rappler Inc., an influential online news website that has provoked the ire of the Duterte administration for its coverage. Ressa was also included in Time magazine’s Person of the Year in 2018 as part of a collection of journalists praised for safeguarding the truth in their coverage.