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CPJ calls on Philippine authorities not to contest editor Maria Ressa’s cyber libel appeal

Bangkok, June 15, 2020 — Philippine authorities should not contest the appeal of journalists Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos, and should reform the country’s libel laws to ensure that members of the press do not face jail time for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. This morning, Branch 46 of the Manila…

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Rappler editor Maria Ressa convicted of cyber libel by Philippines court

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…

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Rappler editor Maria Ressa is seen in Pasig City, Philippines, on March 29, 2019. Ressa's cyber libel trial recently opened in the Philippines. (Reuters/Eloisa Lopez)

Cyber libel trial opens against Philippine journalist Maria Ressa

Bangkok, July 25, 2019 — Philippine authorities should drop pending cyber libel charges against Rappler editor Maria Ressa and cease their legal harassment campaign against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Journalists pictured in the Manila offices of Rappler, in January 2018. The outlet is one of four Philippine media groups smeared in a campaign that alleges they are in the pay of the CIA. (Reuters/Dondi Tawatao)

Rappler-CIA plot claim is attempt to cut funding, Philippine journalists say

First were the politically motivated state charges that funding provided to the news website Rappler by a U.S. philanthropic foundation represented a violation of constitutional provisions barring foreign control or ownership of Philippine media.

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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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