Philippine journalist found guilty of cyber libel

In a case seen as a test of the Philippines’ media freedom, journalist Maria Ressa has been found guilty of cyber libel.

She denied the charges and claimed they were politically motivated.

A former writer for her news site, Rappler, was also convicted. Both have been released on bail pending appeal, but could face six years in prison.

Press freedom advocates say the trial is aimed at silencing critics of President Rodrigo Duterte.

But the president and his supporters have accused her, and her site, of reporting fake news.

In a country where journalists are under threat, Ms Ressa’s case became symbolic and closely-followed – both domestically and internationally.

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