US urges Pres. Duterte's gov't to let Ressa, Rappler ‘operate freely’

US urges Pres. Duterte's gov't to let Ressa, Rappler ‘operate freely’

The United States of America is concern with the arrest of its citizen in the Philippines.
A State Department spokesperson said the US was “concerned” about the arrest of American citizen Rappler CEO Maria Ressa who is a prominent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte and called on the Philippines  to respect freedom of the press.
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa was arrested at the NAIA I (photo credit to owner)

The US urged the Philippines to  quickly resolve a case against arrested journalist Maria Ressa and allow her and her news site Rappler to "operate freely."
"The freedom of expression is a cornerstone of any truly democratic society and a fundamental freedom recognized by both the United States and the Philippines," the spokesperson said.
"Maria Ressa is a highly respected and experienced journalist.
"We hope these charges will be resolved quickly, in a way that fully respects the freedom of expression, allows Ms Ressa and Rappler to continue to operate freely, and is consistent with the Philippines' tradition of a free and independent press."
Ressa was also arrested last month on a different charges, and is only freed by bail. Yesterday, was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal I  on a charges that she and her colleagues at the news site violated rules on foreign ownership of media or simply the Anti- Dummy law.

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