Amal Clooney to represent Maria Ressa’s international legal team
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney and a team of international lawyers will lead the legal team of Rappler’s Maria Ressa, who is facing string of criminal charges that included tax evasion and cyber-libel.
London-based law firm Doughty Street Chambers disclosed that Clooney and Caoilfhionn Gallagher will lead the international legal team comprising of Can Yeginsu, Katherine O’Byrne, former US Ambassador Daniel Feldman from law firm Covington & Burling LLP.
“Maria Ressa is a courageous journalist who is being persecuted for reporting the news and standing up to human rights abuses,” Clooney said.
“We will pursue all available legal remedies to vindicate her rights and defend press freedom and the rule of law in the Philippines,” she added.
In 2015, Clooney filed a case against the Philippine government before the United Nations over the detention Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who was then facing plunder charges.