The Hold the Line Coalition (HTL) welcomes Tuesday’s Regional Trial Court verdict acquitting Nobel laureate Maria Ressa and her news outlet Rappler, on the final criminal tax charge leveled against them by the regime of former President Rodrigo Duterte.
Eleven Nobel Peace Prize winners have raised their voices to urge President Ferdinand Marcos to ensure justice and a fair trial to their fellow laureate, Philippine journalist Maria Ressa. Ressa, they say, has been “subjected to a rash of arrests, indictments, and prison sentences that we can only classify as political persecution.”
ICFJ’s latest research out today analyzes the intensity and ferocity of online violence against one of the world’s best journalists, Maria Ressa in the Philippines. The report, published this International Women’s Day, seeks to combat a problem that is horrifyingly pervasive for women journalists the world over.
Ahead of another cluster of court proceedings against Rappler founder and CEO Maria Ressa, the #HoldTheLine coalition calls for an end to the escalating and incessant campaign of legal harassment against her in the Philippines.
In reaction to the new cyber libel charge and arrest warrant brought against award-winning journalist Maria Ressa in the Philippines on January 11, the #HoldTheLine Coalition issued the following statement.
We exposed corruption and human rights abuses working in a cross-border network supported by ICFJ.