Maria Ressa via Wikipedia.orgDOWNLOAD PDF OF UA 20/19 HERE
Update of April 1:
Maria Ressa was arrested again on 29 March for allegedly violating the Philippines’ Anti-Dummy Law. The law punishes Filipinos who allow their names or citizenship to be used to evade laws on the nationalization of certain rights, franchises or privileges. Ressa was released several hours later after posting bail of PhP90,000 (approx. USD1,700).
Maria Ressa, executive editor of the online news outlet Rappler and press freedom advocate, was arrested on 13 February 2019 over politically motivated “cyber-libel” charges (online defamation).
Authorities held her overnight and then released her after she posted PhP100,000 (approx. 2,600CDN) in bail.
Rappler has been a consistent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration. The media outlet has published detailed investigations into some of the thousands of extrajudicial executions committed by police and other unknown armed persons during drug-related operations.