Ressa's lawyer paid a salary of $ 100,000 ($ 1,915) on Thursday to secure her release after she'd spent the night in detention
When she was released, the founder and editor of the Internet News Rappler. secured his unreasonable coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte and his brutal war on drugs, welcomed speeches on freedom of the press, calling his case "abuse of power and weapons of law".
"The message the government sends is very clear," she said. "Be silent or silent. So I say and I invite you, not silence. It's not just about us, it's not just about me, it's not just about Rappler. Freedom of the press is … the basis of every Philippine right to truth, so that we can keep powerful accounts, "said Ressa, who was in 201
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was reviewed in Ressa last November when she was arrested on Wednesday at Rappler Manila's office shortly after 5 pm.
The latest lawsuit against Ressa is related to the story written in 2012, which states that entrepreneur Wilfred Keng has links with illicit drugs and human trafficking.
The article was published in Rappler two years before the adoption of new cyber laws
JJ Disini, one of Resa's attorneys, called "politically motivated" accusations and said that any party in 2014 would be "politically motivated". Updates to the article of infringement committed in 2007 were "only punctuation changes".
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Rappler's detailed reports on Philippines under President Duterte made a website and its journalists to his administration supporters
Ressa has been accused of accusations and tax evasion several times accused of criticism by critics. politically motivated and dedicated to silent independent media in Southeast Asia.
Anger from Journalism Groups
Media lawyers criticized Ressa's arrest, arguing that the time difference between supposed change and arrest showed a political element
. "Why is it that the person referred to in this article waited five years to bring charges," said Steven Butler, the Asia Program Coordinator of the Journalist Protection Committee.
"Initially, the Philippine government decided they were not going to release, and then they changed their minds. All this simply smells open. It just seems like a political hack to intimidate the press. ”
The National Union of Philippine Journalists said the arrest was a" clearly desperate step for the government to suppress the media "and a disagreement with the government.
The legal case against Ressa comes at a time when press freedom is being challenged both in the Philippines and worldwide.
2018 Ressa was named the journalist of the magazine Time. 19659002] The other group was Jamal Khashoggi, Washington's interlocutor who was murdered at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul in October, O Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, two Reuters journalists arrested a year ago in Myanmar to investigate mass Muslim massacre
CNN Joshua Berlinger, Lauren Said-Moorhouse and Karen Smith have contributed to this report.