Duterte government accused of shameless persecution of Rappler’s Maria Ressa

The editor of an online newspaper in the Philippines has been arrested on charges of “cyber-libel” as part of what the country’s journalists’ union said was a campaign of intimidation against voices critical of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Maria Ressa’s colleagues at Rappler posted a livestream on Facebook of officials speaking to her at the website’s headquarters on Wednesday. The charge of cyber-libel, which Ressa denies, was filed by the justice department and the warrant for Ressa’s arrest was issued by a Manila court judge on Tuesday. After she was arrested, Ressa was brought to the National Bureau of Investigations, which is under the department of justice.

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