Philippines arrests Rappler founder Maria Ressa on fraud charge

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MANILA: Philippine journalist Maria Ressa was arrested on Friday (Mar 29) on a fraud charge, her second detention in what press freedom advocates ...

The veteran reporter, named a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2018 for her work, was taken into custody by authorities at Manila airport, said Beth Frondoso, a co-founder of Ressa's website Rappler.Advertisement

Philippine authorities arrested Ressa in February on an internet libel charge, which sparked international condemnation and allegations that she was being targeted for Rappler's critical stance on Duterte. "This case against Ressa ... is unprecedented and speaks volumes of the Duterte administration's determination to shut the website down for its credible and consistent reporting on the government," said Carlos Conde of Human Rights Watch.

 

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