Outspoken journalist Maria Ressa hit with new law suit in ‘absurd legal attack’

(CNN)Award-winning journalist Maria Ressa has been indicted for a second time, in a move widely criticized by rights groups as an attempt to stifle press freedoms in the Philippines. Philippine government threatening Rappler Journalist advocacy group Reporters Without Borders also condemned the move in a tweet. “The judicial harassment used by (the) Duterte government to persecute Rappler and Maria Ressa is grotesque. It’d be almost laughable if it weren’t for the terrible judicial precedent that this decision would set, if upheld,” the organized wrote. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) called the enshrining of electronic libel “an institutionalized threat to free expression, especially in the internet age,” given the ease of which information is shared online. A …