The Atlantic published an article in the wake of the court’s decision that found Maria Ressa guilty of cyber-libel ‘for an article she did not write, edit, or supervise, of a crime that hadn’t even existed when the story was published.’
The piece explains the subtle but constant whittling away of democratic freedoms and values in the Philippines that has led to this decision:
‘This is how democracy dies in the 21st century: in a musty courtroom, with a judge invoking Mandela. There are no power grabs in the dead of night, no tanks rolling down the streets, no uniformed officers taking over TV stations. Just the steady drip, drip, drip of the erosion of democratic norms, the corruption of institutions, and the cowardly compromises of decision makers in courts and congresses.’
It is essential that democracies around the world stand in support of Maria, Rappler and in support of transparency, accountability and the rule of law.
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