Maria Ressa: editor of Rappler news website arrested on 'cyber-libel' charges

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Duterte government accused of shameless persecution of Rappler’s Maria Ressa

The editor of an online newspaper in the Philippines has been arrested on charges of “cyber-libel” as part of what the country’s journalists’ union said was a campaign of intimidation against voices critical of President Rodrigo Duterte.

on Wednesday before she was taken away by four plainclothes officers, Maria Ressa said she was not intimidated. “These legal acrobatics show how far the government will go to silence journalists, including the pettiness of forcing me to spend the night in jail,” she added.

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