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EU Parliament to Philippines: Drop charges vs Maria Ressa

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9/17/2020 6:29:00 PM

WATCH: EU Parliament to Philippines: Drop charges vs Maria Ressa Full story:

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In a statement, the EU Parliament said it is “alarmed about the deteriorating level of press freedom in the Philippines, and condemns all threats, harassment, intimidation, unfair prosecutions, and violence against journalists, including in the case of Maria Ressa.”

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“All politically motivated charges against her and her colleagues should be dropped,” the EU Parliament said, citing the resolution.In an email to Rappler, EU Parliament press officer Victor Almqvist confirmed that the resolution was adopted as a whole on Thursday.

The EU Parliament in its resolution noted thecyber libel convictionof Ressa and Santos. The lawmakers said the guilty verdict comes in the face of “long-running harassment and threats” due to Rappler’s reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war.

In the resolution, the European Parliament said it “urges the authorities in the Philippines to drop all charges” against Ressa, Santos, and all Rappler staff. The European lawmakers also called on the Duterte government “not to oppose the appeal of their conviction in the cyber libel case.”

The complaint was filed in 2017 or 5 years after the cyber crime law was passed. It was well beyond the more typical one-year prescription period for libel.The parliament in its resolution also urged the government “to ensure that the rights to freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly are respected and protected,” and “to end all harassment against journalists and independent media.”

In a speech hours before the voting, Hannah Neumann, member of the parliament, recalled her earlier conversation with Ressa.“So I asked Maria: What can we do as members of the international community? And she said, ‘You know, Hannah, democracy dies in darkness so what you should do is shed light on the situation,’” Neumann said.

During the deliberations, Neumann also highlighted the need to withdraw the European Union's financial assistance to the Duterte government following human rights abuses. Read more: Rappler »

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mariaressa mariaressa INTERFERENCE IN DOMESTIC AFFAIRS..IS A BAD START ESP COMING FROM COUNTRIES WHO PROPAGATED ENDLESS WARS Shutdown rappler mga cyberlibel group + oligarchs..rappler shutdown Bayarang rappler kwento niyo sa pagong Asian tayo at hindi European. Kaya wala silang karapatan na manghimasok sa mga issue dito sa atin. Mind their own business!!😡😡😡😡 And please bring Maria Ressa in your country.

Democracy dies when someone abuses it, hiding under its cloak, in order to avoid legal cases and trying to convince the international audience by choosing well crafted words, so that she may appear a victim, despite in reality, she is not. in your DREAMS!! U get served what you deserve. There is hope. No!

Ano? BAKIT HINDI BA SILA NA NUUD NG BBC NEWS? What is this? A clear interference of judicial system of a sovereign country....what a heck!!!! The lawmakers said the guilty verdict comes in the face of “long-running harassment and threats” due to Rappler’s reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war. HoldTheLine CourageON RELATED STORY:

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