Maria Ressa, co-founder of an online news startup criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, was arrested a second time as the Duterte government intensified its campaign against a news agency that has been sharply criticized for its government ,
The recent charges against Ms. Ressa accuse her and members of her Rappler news agency of violating laws that affect the foreign property of the company. She was arrested on Friday morning in Manila when she got off a plane from San Francisco.
"What can you say?" Said Mrs. Ressa as she walked through the glass doors from the luggage delivery area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport into Manila early Friday morning. Flanked by two police officers, she stopped to tell a small group of reporters that she was planning to free $ 1
Her arrest is the latest in a broader crackdown on Mr. Duterte in the media. Who has accused reporters of being "spies" and "whoresons"?
Under his administration, Mr. Duterte has created a difficult and sometimes hostile environment for reporters. He has leveled death threats against some reporters and said that no one should be "released from the murder".
At one point, Rappler was so concerned about the safety of his reporters that leading editors debated whether they should install bullet-proof glass in their Manila newsroom.
The recent arrest of Ressa also comes in the context of the growing pressure from journalists around the world on political rulers, who in many cases came to power on a populist wave. Some of those responsible accused reporters of getting the news out when they were challenged by the news media.
"This last episode is not surprising and we have prepared for it," Francis Lim, lawyer for Ms. Ressa, said in a statement. "However, it should be clear that these harassments can not stop our clients from fulfilling their duties as journalists. We believe in the rule of law and it is our great hope that we will prevail in the end. "
Rappler's Rappline website, founded by Ms. Ressa in 2012, is a major focus of Mr Dutertes campaign against the news media in the Philippines. Her license was revoked last year, and eleven lawsuits are currently pending against her.
There are also seven charges against Ms. Ressa herself, including defamation, evasion and violation of complex security laws.
Boy flogging the Duterte government to silence or intimidate the independent and critical press, "the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said in an e-mail from Friday.
Rappler and other news media in the Land persistently covered a brutal war that was conducted by Mr. Duterte against drug dealers and consumers and killed thousands of people.The reporting has helped bring it to international censure.
The list of cases and charges against Ms. Ressa and Rappler can be hard to prosecute, in the latter case, Ms. Ressa and members of Rappler have been charged with violating a law prohibiting foreigners from funding much of a Filipino company.
It's similar as in another case against Ms Ressa and Rappler, filed by the Filipino J Ministry of Foreign Affairs, focusing on an investment by the Omidyar Network, an American company owned by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar in 2015. In this case, Ms. Ressa called the authorities in December for a warrant.
Omidyar's investment is at the center of another case filed by the Filipino Securities and Exchange Commission, resulting in the revocation of the rapper's license. The charges in this case accuse Rappler of acting as a "securities trader" rather than a news organization. 19659002 In February, Ms. Ressa was arrested at the airport in Manila in a case involving digital defamation. After a judge refused the bail, she remained in custody the night before releasing the bail the next morning.
The latest case also contains charges against Rappler's editor-in-chief Glenda Gloria and people who served on the board of the media house in 2016
Shortly after she was put on a police car on Friday, Ms. Ressa posted on Twitter a picture of their view into the vehicle and showed an officer in a helmet and a bulletproof vest.
Seriously?!?! "Wrote it." Imagine the wasted tax pesos. "