“What can we do? We have to hold the line every step of the way …”
Nearly a month after she was found guilty of cyber libel in the Philippines, respected journalist Maria Ressa is in court again. This time to plead not guilty to tax evasion in one of the many cases she and her online news site Rappler are facing.
Maria Ressa, CEO and executive editor, Rappler: “These charges are politically motivated. It is meant to harass, to intimidate. It is meant to be a war of attrition to try to make us afraid to keep reporting, and the best response to it is to keep reporting.”
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Ressa says she is holding the line for democracy in the Philippines. Ressa heads Rappler, which has been critical of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. Human