Philippines Libel Trial of Journalist Critical of Rodrigo Duterte Begins

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A libel trial against the editor of Rappler, a Philippine news site critical of the regime of President Rodrigo Duterte, has begun in a case widely seen as an attempt by the government to intimidate journalists and curtail press freedom.

Maria Ressa was arrested and held overnight in February on charges of cyberlibel for a story published by Rappler in 2012…

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