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Well-known journalist arrested for defamation in the Philippines

Maria Ressa is attend a high profile gala journalist in the Philippines. Ressa was appointed last year to the ”people of the year” by Time magazine and has work

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Well-known journalist arrested for defamation in the Philippines

Maria Ressa is attend a high profile gala journalist in the Philippines. Ressa was appointed last year to the ”people of the year” by Time magazine and has worked for CNN International. Now, she runs a news site Rappler.

up the government when the site has critically reported on the Dutertes war against drugs. Since 2016 has thousands of alleged drug users and dealers were killed, which is the DN in the past have paid attention to.

Before Maria Ressa was arrested on Wednesday, she had received an arrest warrant, which Ressa did tell CNN before the plainclothes agents from the national criminal investigation department came to her office in Pasig City and arrested her suspected of ”nätförtal”.

According to the Manila Times, who spoke with Rapplers chief news editor Miriam Grace Go, the agents have attempted to prevent staff from recording the arrest. This did not however stop the staff from publishing a movie on the Rapplers Facebook page.

Now raise several media organisations to have their voices and condemn the arrest of the world-famous journalist.

said in a statement that it ”obviously fabricated the indictment constitutes a shameless persecution from the mobbarregimen” and receives support from the Swedish journalists ' union.

"Already in december when it proceeded to an arrest warrant, and Ressa was accused of tax evasion, we demanded that the charges would be removed," says Hanna Nyberg, chairman of the union of journalists has yttrandefrihetsgrupp and adds:

" They were fabricated. That one goes ahead and grabs Ressa shows that it has a negative view on the freedom of expression and journalists.

a prosecution for tax evasion that had been closed down the site.

The current case is, however, an article from the end of may 2012 on a businessmans alleged ties to a judge of the Supreme court. The businessman, Wilfredo Keng, has denied the allegations and called the claims ”malicious”, writes the Manila Times.

On Twitter, writes several media organizations by the global network for investigative journalism, Global Investigative Journalism Network and the Reporters without borders to condemn the arrest:

”the Arrest of the world's most famous journalist Maria Ressa is a clear violation that should be condemned by all heads of state and government that can exert influence on Rodrigo Duterte,” writes Christophe Deloire, secretary general of Reporters without borders.

https://twitter.com/cdeloire/status/1095629585058877440

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