International media groups, personalities hit arrest of Maria Ressa

International media groups and personalities added their voice to the outcry against the arrest of Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa.

Below are their tweets.



At the UP Fair where Ressa is set to talk on press freedom on the night of her arrest, students and the audience expressed their support for Maria Ressa.


The College Editors Guild of the Philippines led the lighting of phones in solidarity with Ressa and in condemnation of her arrest.

Maria Ressa trended on Twitter worldwide at the time of her arrest around 5pm and, with  #DefendPressFreedom, became trending topics on Twitter in the Philippines from the time of her arrest  until midnight. Filipino journalists also used the call #HoldtheLine.

The cyber libel charge was the latest in a string of cases filed by the government against Rappler and Ressa since last year.

Aside from cyber libel, Rappler and Ressa were slapped with tax evasion charges earlier.

A year ago, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked Rappler’s incorporation papers, citing its alleged violation of the constitutional restriction on foreign ownership of mass media, which Rappler has already denied.

Rappler said that the latest attempt to intimidate them will not succeed.




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