Maria Ressa, journalist and Duterte critic, arrested in Philippines


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By Joshua Berlinger, CNN

(CNN) Maria Ressa, a high-profile Philippine journalist and vocal critic of the country’s president, was arrested Wednesday in connection with “cyber libel” charges against Rappler, the news site she oversees.

Ressa was formally arrested on Wednesday, JJ Disini, one of her lawyers, told CNN, adding that she would head to night court in Pasay City to post bail.
Earlier in the day, she was served an arrest warrant by Philippines National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) officers, Rappler reported.

Rappler said the charges are over an article it published in 2012. Ressa was indicted in relation to that case last week, which Amnesty International criticized as “yet another absurd legal attack” that amounted to “harassment.”

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