By Gabriela Baron
Rappler chief Maria Ressa’s conviction for cyber libel is a “dark day for independent media and all Filipinos,” the National Union of Journalists of the Philippine (NUJP) said on Monday (June 15).
In a statement, the journalists’ group said the verdict “basically kills freedom of speech and of the press.”
NUJP expressed its support for Ressa and other journalists.
“But we will not be cowed. We will continue to stand our ground against all attempts to suppress our freedoms,” it added.
Ressa and her co-defendant, former researcher Reynaldo Santos, Jr., were found guilty of cyber libel by the Manila Regional Trial court on Monday.