( CNN) The arrest of Maria Ressa, a Time Person of the Year, award-winning columnist and frequent pundit of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, has restored dreads for the future of press freedom in the southeast Asian nation and around the region.
Ressa, co-founder of online report outlet Rappler and former CNN bureau chief, was arrested in connection with “cyber libel” blames against her media company on Wednesday, which pundits criticize as politically caused. She posted indemnity the following day, after spending a darknes in custody.
Rappler’s extended to provide information on Duterte’s remorseless war on treats has earned accolade from human rights counselors but has made it a target for Duterte’s administration and its supporters. Last-place time, the government temporarily revoked Rappler’s operating permission, and charged it with tax evasion .