MANILA – A journalist criticizing Rodrigo Dutte, President of the Philippines, was arrested on Wednesday to spend the night detaining what the critics call the latest free press in the Philippines.
The Cyber libel arrest warrant was served on Maria Ressa, head of the Rappler news site, at her office, which was conducted by officials of the National Bureau of Investigation just 17 hours ago.
"These legal acrobatics show how much the government will stop silent journalists, and also make me spend the night in prison," said Rappler, saying Ressa
. night court in Manila, but their efforts were rejected by a judge. Ressa will spend the night at the National Research Office, reports Rappler.
Ressa was part of a journalist group, including killed Washington posts, contributing to journalist Jamal Khashoggi, commonly named Time Man's 201
In the evening, when she was arrested, she was introduced to the press freedom at the University of the Philippines
. week, when Ressa and former investigator Reynald Santos filed charges against the law on cyber cruelty for 2012. May. published stories. However, the law was not adopted until 2012. September, months after the alleged crime.
The complaint was made by businessman Wilfred Keng this year, said Rappler, as alleged, because the tale mentions his alleged links with illicit drugs and people. g.
Menardo Guevarra, Justice Secretary, said the arrest was part of a standard procedure and that Ressa was free to publish a security
"This tax, as well as the tax evasion, has nothing to do with the freedom of the press," Guevarra told The Washington Post the report. "Apparel as a Rappler is not one that could easily be frightened by defamation cases, which are a normal threat to the journalist profession."
December tax evasion. The government accused his company of removing laws relating to foreign ownership.
In his report, Rappler said that Ressa hadn't even changed the story in question.
"This is a dangerous precedent that everybody – not just the media – gives every year an online threat of being accused of libel," the company said. "No one is safe."
Ressa and Rappler are at the heart of anti-press freedom in the Philippines, a long-standing US ally. From 2016 In the winning of the Presidency, Duterte strengthened the power, the vast majority of the country's legislature, the Supreme Court and the security forces.
The Philippine press played an important role as it shocked Duterte. He regularly punishes the media, especially journalists, who questioned their call to shoot down and kill suspected drug users and traffickers.
Your 2017 Shortly thereafter, the company was investigated. In recent years, the company and Ressa, its open head, have been questioning legal issues – taxes that are widely regarded as political motives.
Rappler employees, digital news salons with about 100 employees, went to social media to transmit tension in the newsroom during the arrest. A media reporter Aikos Rey in a video on Facebook unfamiliar officer tells her to stop recording.
"We do our job. I think this should not be published anywhere else, because it is essentially our weapon: our identity. Do you get it? "Said the official. "Can you stop doing what you're doing now? Is it good? Tell this to your colleagues. For sure, if we see our faces on the internet, I'm sorry. You've been warned. We will go after you.
Rappler stood out from serious reports of abuse by the Duterte government, especially his campaign against drug traffickers, which resulted in thousands of deaths, often out of court. Duterte has repeatedly marked the site as "fake news".
The National Union of Philippine Journalists has arrested the arrest as a "miserable act of persecution by the prison government."
"Obviously, this is an administrative mania to shut down Rappler and intimidate the remaining Philippine media to overcome these lines. "," He said. “Even we are sure they will keep the line, we. . . to urge all colleagues who appreciate the work we have done and the independence it needs to travel around wagons and resist this obvious attack on our rights and freedoms.
Emily Rauhala in Washington contributed to this report.