A win for Maria, Rappler and press freedom

Kathy Kiely
Princetonians for Maria, Substack

Excerpt: For once, I am writing to you with good news: A few hours ago — Wednesday morning in Manila — the Philippines tax court of appeals threw out four charges of tax evasion against Maria Ressa ‘86 and Rappler, the news organization she founded. You can read more about the decision on Rappler.

Rappler’s video of Maria’s very emotional reaction gives a rare insight into what kind of pressure this remarkably upbeat woman has been enduring. This ends a four-year legal battle initiated by the administration of former Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, which falsely claimed that Rappler was foreign-owned. But this does not end Maria’s trials — both literal and figurative.