Award-winning journalist Maria Ressa was was guilty of “cyber libel” for investigating President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, who has continuously checked press freedom and has been responsible for countless human right violations. Journalism is under major fire in the Philippines, and Ressa has been persecuted for denouncing an administration that egregiously disdains fundamental human rights.
Ressa said: “I’m being put together as two examples so that others will stop asking tough questions, and I think that leans responsibility on me to continue asking tough questions.”
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