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Maria Ressa's conviction shows Philippine rule of law is broken

Duterte is tightening his grip on media like Rappler during coronavirus pandemic

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Maria Ressa waves to the media before attending a court hearing on June 15: the threat to free reporting hangs heavy not only on Rappler but all of the Philippines' journalists.   © AP

Marites Danguilan Vitug is editor at large of Rappler.

On Monday June 15, a Philippine court convicted Maria Ressa, CEO of Rappler, a leading news website, and Reynaldo Santos, a former Rappler reporter, of cyberlibel for an article that was published in 2012 -- months before the cybercrime law was even enacted. They were sentenced to jail for six months up to six years.

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