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Journalist Maria Ressa speaks to members of the media as she arrives at a court to testify, Manila, Philippines, 4 March 2021, MARIA TAN/AFP via Getty Images

#HoldTheLine Coalition welcomes dismissal of cyber-libel charge against Maria Ressa and calls for remaining charges to be dropped

“We welcome the overdue withdrawal of this trumped-up charge against Maria Ressa, which was the latest in a cluster of cases intended to silence her independent reporting. We call for the remaining charges against Ressa and ‘Rappler’ to be dropped without further delay, and other forms of pressure against them immediately ceased.”

"Rappler" CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa (C), her attorney and a former "Rappler" researcher, after they attend the promulgation for a case of cyber libel filed by Wilfredo Keng, Manila, Philippines, 15 June 2020, Dante Diosina Jr/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

#HoldTheLine coalition welcomes reprieve for Maria Ressa, demands all other charges and cases be dropped

Despite the dropping of the second criminal cyberlibel case against “Rappler”‘s Maria Ressa, the Filipino-American journalist still faces eight other charges.

People take part in a protest against the Terrorism Act and the government's response to COVID-19, in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines, 30 November 2020, Ezra Acayan/Getty Images

Philippine media groups sign statement rejecting the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020

Dozens of media groups and journalists in the Philippines have signed a statement rejecting the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 for containing provisions that “trample upon fundamental freedoms, including the freedom of the press.”