Reputed Ressas was arrested on Wednesday, accused of ”nätförtal” which can lead to twelve years in prison. The incident was condemned internationally, and the philippine federation of journalists said on Wednesday that it was ”manifestly fabricated the indictment constitutes a shameless persecution from the mobbarregimen”.
Ressa, that 2018 was the year by Time magazine, is among other things famous from CNN International and now runs the news site Rappler. She threatened then previously of an indictment on tax evasion and avoidance that can stop the site, which has incurred the government's anger since the critically reported about the Dutertes war against drugs.
The current case, however, if the reporting from 2012 on a businessmans alleged ties to a judge of the Supreme court.