Various groups across the Asia-Pacific have expressed concern over the unwarranted arrest of Maria Ressa and urge the Philippine government to withdraw the charges against her and Rappler.
Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa was arrested on 13 February 2019 for cyber libel regarding an article that was published in May 2012, four months before the Philippine Cyber Crime Prevention Act was signed into law. She was released after posting bail on 14 February.
The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) stands in solidarity with and joins the calls for justice for the victims of one of the deadliest election-related incidents in Philippine history.
Media groups and press freedom advocates have expressed support for Rappler and its president Maria Ressa as the company faces yet another legal battle.
Shots were fired at the home of a broadcaster, and a journalist was labeled a terrorist on Facebook.
This pooled editorial highlights the threats to press freedom in the Philippines under the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte.
On the same day the Filipino government celebrated the country’s “robust” press freedom, the license of Rappler news group was revoked over “foreign ownership” allegations, months after President Duterte made similar claims during a speech.
Eight years, zero convictions. This summarizes the 2017 update on the trial of the accused in the Ampatuan massacre of 2009. With more than 100 charged, even a dedicated branch of the court can only do so much.
If proven work-related, the killing of tabloid columnist Joaquin Briones would be the 154th case of a journalist killed in the Philippines in the line of duty since 1986.
Former policeman Arturo Lascanas acknowledged his role in the September 2003 assassination of radio journalist Juan “Jun” Pala, a crime he claimed was ordered and paid for by then Davao City mayor, now President Rodrigo Duterte.
In November 2016, UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard welcomed the Philippine government’s invitation to investigate the alleged cases of killings of drug suspects. Things turned south the following month and the visit was cancelled.
Journalist Larry Que’s murder came after he published a column, which criticised local officials and their alleged negligence in allowing the setting up of a crystal meth laboratory in Catadunanes, Philippines.