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Nobel laureate Maria Ressa acquitted in Philippines tax evasion case

Prominent journalist who founded the Rappler news outlet is facing multiple charges brought during Rodrigo Duterte’s presidential term.

by NWMNewsDesk
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Maria Ressa, a Nobel prize winner and co-founder of the online news site Rappler, has been acquitted of a tax evasion charge in the Philippines, another legal victory in her battle against multiple charges filed during the government of former president Rodrigo Duterte.

Ressa, a fierce Duterte critic, smiled as the judge delivered the verdict

She has long maintained the cases against her and Rappler, which she co-founded in 2012, were politically motivated.

“You gotta have faith,” the 59-year-old told reporters outside the court.

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Ressa and Rappler had faced five government charges of tax evasion stemming from the 2015 sale of Philippine depositary receipts, which is a way for companies to raise money from foreign investors.

A court acquitted them on four charges in January. The fifth was heard by a different court, which cleared her and Rappler of wrongdoing on Tuesday.

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