Rappler editor Maria Ressa convicted of cyber libel by Philippines court

Rappler Editor Maria Ressa, center, is escorted as she arrives to attend a court hearing at Manila Regional Trial Court, Philippines on Monday June 15, 2020. (AP/Aaron Favila)

Bangkok, June 15, 2020 — In response to the guilty verdict in the cyber libel case against Rappler editor Maria Ressa in the Philippines, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:

“Today’s conviction and sentencing of Maria Ressa of up to six years in jail is an outrageous crime against press freedom,” said Shawn Crispin, CPJ’s senior Southeast Asia representative. “Although out on bail while she appeals the verdict, Ressa’s wrongful conviction sends a message to all journalists that you could be next if you report critically on President Rodrigo Duterte’s government.”