Urgent Action: Journalist harassed to silence dissent

Maria Ressa, executive editor of online news outlet Rappler and press freedom advocate, was arrested on 13 February 2019 over politically motivated “cyber-libel” charges (online defamation). She was held overnight and then released after posting PhP100,000 (approx. USD2,000) in bail. Rappler has been a consistent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration, and Maria Ressa’s arrest appears to be part of broader campaign to silence critics of the government.

Take action.

 

PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 29 MARCH 2019

 

Please write urgently in your own words or using the template letter included in English to:

 

Secretary
Menardo I. Guevarra
Department of Justice
DOJ Building, Padre Faura Street, Ermita,
Manila, 1000, Philippines
Phone: (+632) 523 8482 to 98
Email: communications@doj.gov.ph
Salutation: Dear Secretary

 

And copies to:

Director
Dante Gierran 
National Bureau of Investigation 
NBI Building, Taft Avenue, Ermita 
Manila, Philippines 1000 
director@nbi.gov.ph

 

Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.

HIS EXCELLENCY MR ANTONIO MANUEL LAGDAMEO Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines 
6-11 Suffolk Street SW1Y 4HG Tel: 020 7451 1780 Fax: 020 7930 9787 embassy@philemb.co.uk 
philembassy-uk.org

Please check with your section before sending appeals after the above date.
 

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