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Politically Motivated Arrest of Philippine Journalist

Expand Maria Ressa, head of Philippine online news site Rappler, gestures while talking to the media after being arrested by National Bureau of Investigation agents in a libel case in Manila, February 13, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Bullit Marquez On Wednesday, Philippine National Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Maria Ressa, the founding editor of news website Rappler, in the latest assault on media freedom by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. The arrest follows a libel case filed against Ressa under the cybercrimes law for a story the website published in 2012. Rappler called…

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