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Philippines: Rappler Verdict a Blow to Media Freedom

Click to expand Image Maria Ressa arrives at court in Manila, June 15, 2020. © 2020 Aaron Favila/AP Photo (Manila) – The conviction of a prominent journalist for criminal libel is a devastating blow to media freedom in the Philippines, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 15, 2020, a Manila court issued a guilty verdict for Maria Ressa, the founder and executive editor of the news website Rappler, and a Rappler researcher, Reynaldo Santos Jr. Rappler reported that Ressa and Santos received an “indeterminate sentence,” with a minimum of six months and one day and a maximum of six years,…

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