Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Philipines: Journalist Arrested Second Time - ONLINE ACTION

Amnesty International, Australia, April 2, 2019.

Maria Ressa, human rights defender and executive editor of online news outlet Rappler, was arrested again on 29 March for allegedly violating the Philippines’ Anti-Dummy Law, which 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); this was the second time she has been arrested in a matter of weeks. ....Ressa’s arrest appears to be part of broader campaign to silence critics of the government.