Maria Ressa: Philippine journalist found guilty of cyber libel

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In a case seen as a test of the Philippines’ media freedom, journalist Maria Ressa has been found guilty of libel.

She denied the charges, and claimed they were politically motivated.

A former writer for her news site, Rappler, was also convicted. Both have been released on bail pending appeal, but could face six years in prison.

Press freedom advocates say the trial is aimed at silencing critics of President Rodrigo Duterte.

The case against her relates to an eight-year-old report on a businessman’s alleged ties to a former judge.

The controversial law came into force in September 2012 – four months after her article was published.

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