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Maria Ressa is supposedly incensed by a protest activity instigated by activist Mark Lopez who visited the office building of Rappler to express outrage over her global campaign to vilify the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (watch video on Twitter and on Facebook). Ressa claims that online trolls paid for and directed by the…

Read More Maria Ressa in BIG TROUBLE for falsely accusing Duterte supporters of being “paid trolls” who are under “marching orders”!
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Inquirer editor John Nery asks himself a simple question in his column today, Assault on press freedom? Q and A: “If the cyberlibel case [against Maria Ressa] was presumed regular, why is it an assault on press freedom?” You’d think Nery would take this opportunity to articulate a really precise answer to this question to…

Read More Inquirer editor John Nery’s (@jnery_newsstand) intelligence-insulting FAQs on Maria Ressa’s “press freedom” circus
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De La Salle Philippines president Armin Luistro the other day issued a baldly presumptuous call to action to — presumably all — “LaSallians” to support embattled Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Let’s give our all out support as Lasallians to Rappler. Let’s defend press freedom. Let’s make our voices heard. Let’s vote with our feet and…

Read More De La Salle Philippines president Armin Luistro BURNT by LaSallian community following call to support Maria Ressa!

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If one uses Twitter to sample the general sentiment of the Filipino public, you’d think “press freedom” is top of mind for the majority of Filipinos. With the shrillness of the rhetoric of “activists” that populate social media, one would be forgiven in thinking that “press freedom” is the game-changing issue that will determine this…

Read More “Press freedom” is not the Philippines’ most important issue. It really isn’t.
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If I were a shareholder of “social news network” Rappler, I’d be really pissed. You hire and pay a CEO big bucks and what does she do? She gets my company into a heap of tax trouble and exposes it to a big libel case. Worst of all, she gets arrested and spends most of…

Read More Maria Ressa needs to take a break from #DefendPressFreedom — because she is the CEO of Rappler!
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Dressed in black, not in their traditional yellow for some reason, the usual faces representing the usual “activism” is fired up once again. But, really, what are they on fire about? That’s the million-peso question. The sheer volume and shrillness of the noise surrounding what is essentially the vacuous notion of some sort of “attack…

Read More #DefendPressFreedom “activists” shriek “stop the attacks”. But no such “attacks” exist!
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Those who insist that the arrest of Maria Ressa is an “attack on press freedom” are being stupid for continuing to criticise someone you think has the power to lock you up. The fact that you are still free despite criticising him makes you look stupid as well. Ressa wasn’t arrested because she criticised Duterte.…

Read More Maria Ressa may end up behind bars thanks to a cybercrime law Noynoy Aquino signed! #DefendPressFreedom
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“Hold the line”. I find this so OA. Maria Ressa is simply not very smart. She can’t stay out of trouble. She should learn from the best. Perhaps even a “minor-minor” blogger can teach her how to kick some ass without getting sued or arrested. I don’t even know why Maria Ressa is acting so…

Read More Maria Ressa’s supporters cannot keep using #DefendPressFreedom to defend a law-breaker

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If #DefendPressFreedom was the burning national issue Maria Ressa makes it out to be, why aren’t politicians making it a cornerstone of their campaign? The fact is, it isn’t relevant because it is a non-issue. Maria Ressa was arrested for charges related to her conduct as leader of a news media organisation. Her case has…

Read More The “movement” to #DefendPressFreedom is all about Maria Ressa and not much else

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Members of the community of cluckity Netizens that orbit the cult of personality of Maria Ressa, CEO of “social news network” Rappler are up in arms. As I write this, agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) are reportedly serving a warrant of arrest and taking Ressa to custody for offenses related to libel.…

Read More Arrest of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is NOT an “attack on press freedom”. Not at all!
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