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Philippines' court finds journalist Maria Ressa guilty of libel

Verdict draws criticism from press freedom and human rights advocates

Maria Ressa, executive editor and CEO of Rappler, arrives at the Manila Regional Trial Court on June 15.   © Reuters

MANILA -- A Philippine court on Monday found embattled journalist Maria Ressa, founder of a website critical of President Rodrigo Duterte, guilty of libel in a high-profile case that comes amid concerns over press freedom in the country.

Ressa and Reynaldo Santos, who wrote a story that a businessman slammed as defamatory, were sentenced by a Manila court to between six months and six years of imprisonment. Both have been allowed to post bail and can appeal the ruling within 15 days.

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