15 Jun 2020

Philippines journalist faces six year prison sentence for highlighting corruption allegations

Foreign Affairs Correspondent

She is one of the Philippines’ most high-profile journalists and her website Rappler had shone a light on the brutality of President Duterte’s anti-drugs crackdown.

Now Maria Ressa is facing a possible six-year prison sentence over an article posted in 2012 about a Filipino businessman and alleged corruption.

The Duterte regime has denied there is any political motivation behind her case but the verdict has prompted criticism from campaigners for press freedom.