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Sumawsaw na! US, Canada side with Maria Ressa in cyber libel case

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The United States and Canada have expressed support for Rappler Chief Executive Officer Maria Ressa following her arrest for a cyber libel case.

In a tweet posted Thursday (February 14), the US Embassy in Manila said: “We hope the charge against journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa will be resolved quickly in accordance with relevant Philippine law and international standards of due process.”

The @USEmbassyPH’s tweet was liked by the Twitter accounts of the embassies of United Kingdom and The Netherlands in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Embassy tweeted the following statement from its envoy to the Philippines, John Holmes: “Journalists such as @mariaressa must be free to report openly and responsibly in a healthy and vibrant democracy. Canada will continue its support for a free and responsible press in the #Philippines. #DefendPressFreedom”

Ressa was arrested Wednesday (February 13) in connection with the cyber libel case filed by businessman Wilfredo Keng over an article published by Rappler in 2012, where he was accused of having ties to human traffickers and drug smugglers.

She was freed after posting a P100,000 bail.

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