Philippines: Sentenced for online defamation, Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa loses appeal (press release)

Philippines: Sentenced for online defamation, Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Ressa loses call (communicated)

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Philippine Nobel Peace Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa has lost her appeal against an online defamation conviction, her news site Rappler reported on Friday. < /p>

Maria Ressa and her former colleague Rey Santos Jr face lengthy prison sentences, but they will “use all legal remedies available to them,” the outlet said, including taking the case to court. Supreme Court. 

Rappler called the ruling “unfortunate,” saying it “weakens the ability of journalists to hold power to account.” 

“ What is at stake, ultimately, is our democracy, whose strength lies in a media that is neither threatened by the state nor intimidated by forces that seek to silence critical voices,” said Rappler.

Ms Ressa has long been an outspoken critic of Duterte and his deadly war on drugs, launched in 2016, d sparking what press freedom advocates say is a series of criminal charges, investigations and online attacks against her and her outlet. 

She and Russian journalist Dmitri Muratov received the Nobel Peace Prize in October for their efforts to “safeguard freedom of expression”. 

She faces at least seven court cases including one of online defamation, for which she was released on bail and faces up to six years in prison.