Filipino Journalist Maria Ressa Arrested in Overt Attempt to Crush Press Freedom

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Award-winning journalist Maria Ressa was recently convicted of “cyber libel” under a controversial law that attempts to restrict press freedom.

Ressa’s arrest “might seem like an obscure problem in a distant land, but it is a symptom of a disease that puts every democracy at risk.” That disease, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace warns, is the “the use of influence operations to manipulate the information space in the Philippines.”

Ressa’s reporting duties included investigating President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. President Duterte has continuously suppressed press freedom and is responsible for countless human right violations.

For over four years, Ressa and her publication, Rappler, have attempted to expose the actions of Duterte in an effort, as she describes, to protect global democracy. In a time where journalism is under major…

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