Philippines journalist Maria Ressa vows to challenge tax fraud charges after arrest

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Editor of independent news website Rappler vows to challenge charges of tax fraud that she says are being used to intimidate her

Maria Ressa, the editor of Philippine online news website Rappler, will turn herself into the authorities on Monday after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Last month the government announced they were charging Ressa and Rappler with five counts of tax fraud, charges that Ressa said were trumped up in an attempt to “harass and intimidate” the news organisation, which has been highly critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

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