Rodrigo Duterte Critic Found Guilty of Libel in the Philippines

The chief executive of a prominent Philippine news website was convicted of cyber libel, a verdict viewed widely as a blow to press freedom in the Southeast Asian nation.

Award-winning journalist Maria Ressa, 56 years old, founded and heads Rappler, known for its critical coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s government. Monday’s convictions of Ms. Ressa and a former writer for Rappler relate to a 2012 article containing allegations that a well-known businessman had been under government surveillance over alleged ties to…

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