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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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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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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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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his State of the Nation address on July 23, 2018. A Filipino radio reporter was shot multiple times and died from his injuries on July 20 in the town of Daraga, in the country's central Albay province, according to reports. (Reuters/Czar Dancel)

Radio broadcaster killed in the Philippines

Bangkok, July 23, 2018–A Filipino radio reporter was shot multiple times and died from his injuries on July 20 in the town of Daraga, in the country’s central Albay province, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing and called on Philippine authorities to swiftly identify and bring the perpetrators…

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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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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center, before he addresses Filipino Muslim leaders during a reception at the Presidential Palace to celebrate the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan in June 2017. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque told local media the government decided to ban Rappler from covering official presidential events because Duterte had

Philippines bans Rappler reporters from presidential palace

Bangkok, February 21, 2018 – The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the Philippine government’s decision to ban the news website Rappler from covering official presidential events, and calls for an immediate end to all government harassment of the independent online publication.

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A guard opens a door at the office of Rappler in Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines on January 15, 2018. (Reuters/Dondi Tawatao)

Philippines threatens further legal action against Rappler

Bangkok, January 16, 2018–The Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission’s order yesterday to revoke the registration of news website Rappler represents a clear and immediate danger to press freedom in the Philippines, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Philippines revokes registration of news website Rappler

Washington, D.C., January 15, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned an order by the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission to revoke the certificate of incorporation of the critical news website Rappler, which effectively required it to close down.

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