Maria Ressa convicted tells gov't critics to 'keep quiet or you're next - Robredo

Maria Ressa convicted tells gov't critics to 'keep quiet or you're next - Robredo




It was expected that the Vice President will weigh on the issue of a Regional Trial Court in Manila convicting Rappler’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and founder Maria Ressa and a former researcher for cyber libel.
Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo said the conviction was a clear message for the critics of the Duterte administration to “keep quiet.”

Ressa was a recipient of the Time magazine Person of the Year in 2018 will face jail time of six months to six years from the said conviction which stemmed from a 2012 published article linking Wilfredo Keng to alleged illegal activities.
Rappler’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and founder Maria Ressa and Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" Robredo
(photo credit to owner)



"We must remember that this is merely the latest instance of law being utilized to muzzle our free press," Robredo, a lawyer by profession, said in a statement. 
"Silencing, harassing, and weaponizing law against the media sends a clear message to every dissenting voice: Keep quiet or you are next," she said. 
"A threat to the freedom of even a single Filipino is a threat to all of our freedoms," said the Vice President. "If the law and our government institutions can be brought to bear upon Ms. Ressa, then we should be wary of what this means to the freedoms of ordinary citizens." 





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