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Philippine courtroom dismisses libel case in opposition to journalist Maria Ressa

MANILA: A Philippine courtroom has dismissed a libel case in opposition to Maria Ressa, a lawyer mentioned on Thursday (Aug 12), one among a number of lawsuits filed in opposition to the journalist who says she has been focused due to her information web site’s vital experiences on President Rodrigo Duterte.

The plight of Ressa, who was named Time Journal Individual of the 12 months in 2018 for preventing media intimidation, has raised worldwide concern in regards to the harassment of journalists within the Philippines, a rustic as soon as seen as a typical bearer for press freedom in Asia.

The cyber-libel case was filed by a university professor in opposition to Ressa and a reporter at her web site Rappler in October over a narrative which alleged that the professor gave college students higher grades in alternate for cash, an accusation he denied.

Ressa, a twin US-Filipino citizen, and Rappler face a number of different authorized instances, together with alleged tax offences and violation of overseas possession guidelines in media.

Theodore Te, Ressa’s lawyer, mentioned on Thursday the courtroom dismissed the cyber-libel case on Tuesday after the professor mentioned he was not involved in pursuing it.


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