(MANILA, Philippines.) Court Report: NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the highest judicial authorities to stop harassing the news website Rappler and its editor Maria Ressa, a symbol of ‘ Press Freedom ‘ in her country, who was due to be arraigned in court Thursday on the fifth of a series of tax evasion charges brought by the (DOJ) #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Dec.07: Ressa, who is facing the possibility of up to ten years in prison, is scheduled to appear before a regional court in the Manila suburb of Prasig on a charge of failing to supply correct Value Added Tax information in 2015: The DOJ previously filed four similar charges – including failure to file an income tax return and tax evasion – before the Court of Tax Appeals at the end of last month (from 26 to 28 November). Rapplertold RSF that Ressa would obviously plead not guilty #AceNewsDesk reports

“The determination with which the Philippine authorities are trying to crush Maria Ressa and the entire Rappler staff is acquiring a clearly disturbing character,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk: “Although the website has acted with exemplary transparency, its editor is being forced to defend herself as if she were a criminal, whereas it is the government that is behaving like a shameless hoodlum. The country’s highest judicial authorities must draw the necessary conclusions and end this farce.”

RSF wrote to the Philippine prosecutor general last week calling for an end to the orchestrated harassment of Rappler and its editor. RSF.Org/ Published: December.06:2018:

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