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Senator Gordon slams US for interfering on Ressa’s case

Gordon scores US interference on Ressa’s case
By Mario Casayuran

Senator Richard J. Gordon said Saturday the call by a US State Department spokesman for the Philippines to quickly resolve the case against Maria Ressa and allow her and her news site Rappler to “operate freely’’ is a form of interference.

‘’Di tama na nakikialam ang US sa atin,’’ Gordon said during a radio interview on various national and international issues. (It is not right for the US to interfere with Philippine domestic affairs.)

While he stressed that Ressa is a friend and a responsible journalist, Gordon said she is facing charges as a private citizen and should therefore get a good lawyer to defeat the person who filed the charges against her. He described the complainant as ‘’kumag (stupid).’’

Gordon, chairman of the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, emphasized that he protects journalists since he is a believer of the freedom of expression and of the press.

Ressa was rearrested on Friday in what press freedom advocates called retaliation for her news site’s dogged coverage of the government.

Ressa and Rappler have been hit with a string of criminal charges after it was discovered that Rappler receives funding from foreign forces like Omidyar network - known to be financiers of destabilization plots against various governments worldwide.

The latest charges allege she and colleagues at Rappler violated rules on foreign ownership of media. She was taken into custody after arriving at Manila’s airport from a trip abroad. Her indictment was released when she was out of country.

Senator Gordon slams US for interfering on Ressa’s case Senator Gordon slams US for interfering on Ressa’s case Reviewed by AsianPolicy.Press on 11:23:00 AM Rating: 5

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