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Philippine Nobel laureate Ressa cleared of tax evasion

Journalist still appealing libel conviction, fighting government lawsuits

Rappler CEO and Nobel laureate Maria Ressa outside the Court of Tax Appeals in Quezon on Jan. 18 after being acquitted in a tax evasion case.   © Reuters

MANILA (Reuters) -- Philippine Nobel laureate Maria Ressa and her news site, Rappler, were acquitted by a court of tax evasion charges on Wednesday, a judge said, handing Ressa a victory in a case that the veteran journalist has described as part of a pattern of harassment.

Ressa, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize alongside a Russian journalist in 2021, is head of Rappler, which earned a reputation for its in-depth reporting and tough scrutiny of former President Rodrigo Duterte and his deadly war on drugs.

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