Maria Ressa

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks to media on October 27, 2016. The president recently provided information to a Philippine daily alleging media and human rights organizations were plotting a coup against him. (Reuters/Issei Kato)

Philippine news and human rights organizations accused of ‘plot’ against Duterte

Washington, D.C., April 24, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern over Philippines President Roderigo Duterte providing information to The Manila Times, a local daily, alleging that media and legal groups orchestrated a “plot” to discredit and oust him.

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CPJ mission finds increased intimidation, shrinking space for free press in the Philippines

Manila, April 16, 2019–A Committee to Protect Journalists mission to the Philippines, led by Board Chair Kathleen Carroll, found increasing levels of intimidation and a shrinking space for the free press in the country. The mission–joined by Peter Greste, director of the Australia-based Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom (AJF), and CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler–is…

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Maria Ressa, executive editor of news website Rappler, speaks to the media after posting bail in a cyber-libel case at a court in Manila City, Philippines, on February 14, 2019. Philippine authorities issued arrest warrants for Ressa and several other Rappler executives on March 28 in a separate case. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

Philippines issues arrest warrants against Rappler’s Maria Ressa, other executives

Bangkok, March 28, 2019 – Authorities in the Philippines issued today arrest warrants against news website Rappler editors and executives, including executive editor and founder Maria Ressa, for violating laws barring foreign ownership of media, according to news reports.

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CPJ board denounces arrest of Philippine journalist Maria Ressa

New York, February 13, 2019–The board of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists passed the following resolution in support of Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, executive editor and founder of critical news website Rappler, after she was arrested today in Manila: Freedom of the press is an essential pillar of democracy and human rights. The…

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Maria Ressa leaves the Rappler office after being served an arrest warrant in Pasig City, Philippines, on February 13, 2019. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

CPJ condemns arrest of Rappler’s Maria Ressa on cyber libel charge

Bangkok, February 13, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Philippine authorities to immediately release and drop all pending charges against Maria Ressa, executive editor and founder of the critical news website Rappler.

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Maria Ressa, founder and editor of the Philippine news site Rappler, accepting CPJ's International Press Freedom Award on November 20, 2018. Ressa and Rappler are facing increasing legal harassment by the Philippine government. (Getty Images/Dia Dipasupil)

Philippines piles on legal threats against critical news site Rappler

Bangkok, November 29, 2018–Philippine prosecutors have in recent days filed five separate tax cases against critical news site Rappler, including criminal charges that may allow for the arrest of the site’s founder and editor Maria Ressa, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the escalated campaign of legal harassment and calls on…

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CPJ, RSF call on Philippines to end its persecution of Rappler and Maria Ressa

CPJ and RSF call on the Philippine prosecutor general to end the legal harassment of Rappler and the website’s founder and executive editor, Maria Ressa.

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Luz Mely Reyes, Amal Habbani, Anastasiya Stanko, Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, and Maria Ressa. (Getty Images/Dia Dipasupil)

CPJ gala honors brave journalists, highlights journalism’s role

International Press Freedom Awards go to Vietnamese blogger, Venezuelan reporter, Ukrainian broadcaster, and Sudanese freelancer New York, November 21, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists and media luminaries from around the world last night celebrated courageous journalists from Sudan, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Vietnam at the 28th annual International Press Freedom Awards. Also joining the ceremony were…

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Maria Ressa, right, CEO of Rappler, an online news agency, addresses a rally of journalists and supporters during a protest against the Securities and Exchange Commission's order to revoke its registration on January 19, 2018, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Philippine authorities in November 2018 threatened to charge Ressa and Rappler with tax evasion. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

CPJ condemns Philippines’ threat to indict critical site Rappler on tax evasion charges

Bangkok, November 12, 2018–The Philippine authorities said on Friday they had grounds to indict news site Rappler, known for its critical coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte, and its founder Maria Ressa for tax evasion and failure to file tax returns, news reports said. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the threat and called on authorities…

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A rally calling for greater press freedom in Manila in January 2018. Philippine journalists say President Rodrigo Duterte is trying to intimidate the media. (AFP/Ted Aljibe)

Mission Journal: Duterte leads tri-pronged attack on press amid condemnation of controversial policies

Pia Randa is in Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte’s crosshairs. At presidential press conferences, Duterte has repeatedly singled out the reporter by name and referred to Rappler, the news site where she works, as “fake news” and her reporting as “corrupt” and “biased” against his administration.

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