After this week’s criminal conviction of Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos Jr -- of the Philippines online news organisation Rappler.com -- journalists face jail and new voices around the region will be chilled.
Across the Asia-Pacific, new digital media like Rappler have given a critical overlay to accountability journalism. It’s been fresh, challenging and provocative. Now it’s being targeted by governments, often using bespoke cyber crime laws.
The Philippines Trial Court decision on Monday has been widely condemned, including by the International Press Institute. (Ressa is a member of its executive board and I’m an adviser to the institute.)