GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1) — Philippine journalist and CEO of the online news site Rappler, Maria Ressa, has been arrested again over an alleged violation of the Anti-Dummy Law.
Ressa— who has been a known critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration— was arrested March 29 at Manila’s NAIA airport.
Local media said Ressa posted a ₱90,000 ($1,700) bail shortly after she was taken into custody.
This is the seventh time the veteran journalist posted bail amid a string of cases she and her colleagues in Rappler face including cyber libel and tax evasion.
Critics and rights groups condemned Ressa’s arrest and described it as a “normalization of the attacks in the press.”
The government, however, insisted Ressa’s cases are in no way politically motivated.
Ressa’s team said Rappler’s work would continue despite the pending cases. One of her lawyers reportedly said, “We believe in the rule of law.”