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Urgent Action update: Journalist arrested twice in 6 weeks

Maria Ressa, human rights defender and executive editor of online news outlet Rappler, was arrested again on 29 March for allegedly violating the Philippines’ Anti-Dummy Law. Ressa was released several hours later after posting bail of PhP90,000 (approx. USD1,700); this was the second time she has been arrested in a matter of weeks.

Rappler has been a consistent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration, and Ressa’s arrest appears to be part of a broader campaign to silence critics of the government.

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


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


And copies to:

Dante Gierran 
National Bureau of Investigation 
NBI Building, Taft Avenue, Ermita 
Manila, Philippines 1000
Salutation: Dear Director

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

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

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