Drug wars

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa arrested

Famous Philippine journalist Maria Ressa
Maria Ressa. Photo: Noel Celis/Getty Images

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa was arrested at Manila's airport on Friday on securities fraud charges, another incident that watchdogs say is part of an ongoing attempt to silence her by the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, reports CNN.

Details: Ressa, a 2018 TIME Person of the Year who has faced multiple arrests on various charges, has reported extensively on Duterte's brutal war on drugs via her media company Rappler. The site's managing editor and 5 other former and current board members were also arrested earlier this week on similar charges.

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Newly elected president of Mexico lays out plan to tackle drug war

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Photo: Carlos Tischler/Getty Images

Mexico's incoming president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is hoping to tackle the country's increasing drug problem, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Mexico is "[reeling] from a militarized drug war," per Reuters. Obrador hopes to "rewrite the rules of the drug war," proposing decriminalization, taking military personnel off the streets, and honing in on the causes of poverty which feed into the drug war.