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Maria Ressa, chief executive of Manila-based news agency Rappler, faces prison on 24 April (Photo: dw.com)

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How EU diplomacy is helping a Philippine journalist

Western sanctions coupled with EU public diplomacy can help protect free press overseas, Maria Ressa, a prominent Philippine journalist who faces prison when the virus lockdown ends, has said.

Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte and his "macho rhetoric" claimed he "didn't care" about sanctions, Ressa told EUobserver in a recent interview.

"But they do care," she said.

"When his [Duterte's] chief-of-police was refused a visa to the US because of human rights violations, t...

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

Maria Ressa, chief executive of Manila-based news agency Rappler, faces prison on 24 April (Photo: dw.com)

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Andrew Rettman is EUobserver's Foreign Affairs Editor. He has been writing about foreign and security affairs for EUobserver since 2005. He is Polish but grew up in the UK. He has also written for The Guardian, The Telegraph, and The Times of London.

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