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Ressa arrest a timely reminder of the value of a free press

Ressa arrest a timely reminder of the value of a free press

Perspectives
THE ARREST of Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa hardly came as a shock to anyone even remotely aware of the recent issues surrounding the news website, most especially Ressa herself, who has taken a beating from both the administration and the public in the years since Duterte took office for Rappler’s critical coverage of the Duterte regime. While the government was busy scrutinizing the law in search of loopholes to get Ressa behind bars, the public gladly did Duterte’s bidding by placing her at the center of a social media persecution in which she and the start-up she founded were the usual targets of ruthless and relentless insults and often baseless accusations. While the comments and tweets might have been easy to simply ignore, the legal actions eventually taken...
JournSoc condemns Rappler chief’s arrest

JournSoc condemns Rappler chief’s arrest

News
by LUIS MIGUEL B. ARUCAN THE UST Journalism Society (JournSoc) released a statement on Thursday condemning the recent arrest of Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa. Ressa and former Rappler researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr. were indicted last week by the Department of Justice over a cyber libel case in connection to a Rappler article published in 2012. “The circumstances surrounding the arrest lead us to conclude that Ressa is being singled out of her news organization’s critical coverage of the Duterte administration,” the statement read. JournSoc questioned the manner of the arrest, which was conducted by ununiformed National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) agents on Wednesday past 5 p.m., the end of government office hours. “[It] could only mean that the forces be...