Rappler Editor Arrested: New York Times

Bullying authoritarian leaders cannot endure criticism or democratic checks on their policies by journalists or courts. Agents with the National Bureau of Investigation arrested Maria Ressa, editor of the online news site Rappler. Rappler is a publishing partner of YaleGlobal Online. “Her arrest is the most dramatic sign of Mr. Duterte’s crackdown on the free press in the Philippines,” reports Alexandra Stevenson for the New York Times. “Duterte has not tried to hide his disdain for journalists, calling reporters ‘sons of bitches’ and ‘spies’ and even warning that they are ‘not exempted from assassination.’” The arrest is related to an article published in May 2012 and a law passed in October 2012. She was also arrested in December on a tax-evasion charge. The Committee to Protect Journalists honored Ressa with a press freedom award in 2018, and she warned: “There is a global playbook, and autocrats are learning from each other.” – YaleGlobal

Rappler Editor Arrested: New York Times

Maria Ressa, editor of Rappler who has criticized Philippines’ Duterte, is arrested; she warns that autocrats are learning from one another how to attack their critics
Alexandra Stevenson
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Read the article from The New York Times about the arrest of Maria Ressa, editor of Rappler, a YaleGlobal partner publication.

Alexandra Stevenson is a business correspondent based in Hong Kong covering Chinese corporate giants, the changing landscape for multinational companies and China’s growing economic and financial influence in Asia. Jason Gutierrez contributed reporting from Manila.

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