Maria Ressa via Wikipedia.orgDOWNLOAD PDF OF UA 20/19 HERE
On 14 May, Maria Ressa, human rights defender and executive editor of online news outlet Rappler, was formally charged in court for one count of cyber libel.
Arrested on 13 February on what appeared to be politically-motivated charges, she was released on bail after spending a night in jail. A month later, on 29 March, she was again arrested for allegedly violating the Philippines’ Anti-Dummy Law, which limits mass media ownership to Filipinos and Filipino-owned corporations. Ressa is also facing four counts of alleged tax-related violations for using financial mechanisms that Ressa argued are not taxable as these do not generate taxable income. The tax-related charges were brought against Maria Ressa and her company, Rappler Holdings Corp. in December 2018. All these charges remain pending in court.