Maria Ressa

#HoldTheLine Coalition Launches Mask Campaign in Support of Maria Ressa

Journalists, human rights activists and other free press advocates are rallying behind pioneering journalist Maria Ressa, who was convicted of criminal cyberlibel one year ago today and faces a slew of additional charges aimed at silencing her and independent journalism in the Philippines. Supporters are raising their voices on social...
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U.S. Press Leaders Call For End To All Phony Charges Against Maria Ressa

WASHINGTON, June 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Leaders of the National Press Club applauded on Tuesday a Philippine court decision to dismiss a cyber libel suit against award winning journalist Maria Ressa but urged that all trumped-up charges against her should likewise disappear. The court decision Tuesday dismissed one of several suits against Ressa, who has withstood a state-sanctioned campaign of intimidation. Ressa, the founder and CEO of the Rappler news site is appealing an earlier conviction on cyber libel charges as well as unfounded charges of having violated tax laws and foreign ownership rules. Ressa was a recipient of a 2020 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award for her coverage in the face of harassment by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte,
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‘An example to many’: journalist Maria Ressa wins Unesco press freedom prize

The UN’s cultural agency has awarded its annual press freedom prize to the Filipino journalist Maria Ressa whose reporting has made her a target of her country’s judiciary and online hate campaigns. Ressa, a former Asia lead investigative reporter for US network CNN and head of domestic network ABS-CBN News,...
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World Press Freedom Day: Philippines journalist Maria Ressa to receive 2021 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize

- Investigative journalist and media executive Maria Ressa of the Philippines has been named as the 2021 laureate of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, following the recommendation of an international jury of media professionals. The Award Ceremony will take place on 2 May in Windhoek, Namibia, on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day Global Conference, and be streamed online.
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World Press Freedom with Mojo Founder & Editor Barkha Dutt, Rappler Co-Founder & CEO Maria Ressa & PBS NewsHour Anchor Judy Woodruff

Each year, Reporters Without Borders reveals the World Press Freedom Index, an annual review of 180 countries and their relationship with the media. Washington Post Live, in partnership with Reporters Without Borders (RSF), featured PBS NewsHour Anchor Judy Woodruff and leading international journalists Maria Ressa and Barkha Dutt for conversations about this year’s findings, the challenges of the modern information landscape, and the critical role of the news industry in chronicling the global coronavirus pandemic and protests for racial justice.

Q&A With Maria Ressa: Journalism, the Philippine Government, and Cyber Libel

Maria Ressa worked at CNN for nearly twenty years, as the Manila bureau chief from 1987 to 1995 and the Jakarta bureau chief from 1995 to 2005. In 2012, she helped found the news website Rappler, which quickly became a major news source in the Philippines. Renowned for its investigative journalism, Rappler has been critical of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s efforts to undermine democratic institutions, including the press. This criticism has led to what many see as politically motivated attacks on the news organization. The Philippine government has filed 11 cases against Rappler, alleging libel, foreign ownership, and tax evasion. In June 2020, Ressa was convicted of “cyber libel.” The story at the center of her conviction was written before the 2012 cyber libel law was passed, and she was found guilty on a technicality—the article in question had a typo corrected in 2014 and was deemed “republished.” She faces up to six years in prison.

Washington Post Cites ICFJ Report in Denouncing “Onslaught of Online Harassment” Against Maria Ressa

The ICFJ research included an analysis of more than 450,000 social media posts about Ressa, the co-founder of Rappler and a 2018 ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award winner. Ressa faces trumped up legal charges in the Philippines designed to silence her and her independent news outlet. ICFJ conducted the research in collaboration with the University of Sheffield and Rappler.

Philippines: IPI condemns third cyber libel charge against Maria Ressa

This was the second time in recent months that a cyber libel charge was filed against Filipino-American journalist Maria Ressa, the founder of news portal 'Rappler'. The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists for press freedom, today vehemently condemned a third cyber libel case against Philippine editor Maria Ressa and urged that it be dropped immediately.

Best Of: Dr. Sanjay Gupta / Philippine Journalist Maria Ressa

CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about how learning new skills can optimize brain health. His new book is 'Keep Sharp.'. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Outlawed,' a novel by Anna North, which she describes as 'Handmaid's Tale' meets 'Butch Cassidy.'. Journalist Maria Ressa has faced criminal charges...
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Journalist Maria Ressa Has Been Threatened, Arrested, and Convicted. But She Won't Be Intimidated.

Of course Ramona Diaz could see the parallels. When the director behind the "Frontline" documentary A Thousand Cuts set out to make her film, she wanted to look into the populist Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his deadly "war on drugs." What she found was Maria Ressa, the co-founder of the news website Rappler and the target of Duterte’s crackdown on the press due to her intrepid coverage of his administration. Diaz, who grew up in the Philippines and came to the United States for college, documented Duterte’s attacks against Ressa and the press, as well as the real-world effects of disinformation spreading across Filipino social media.

‘Lies Laced With Anger and Hate Spread Fastest’: Journalist Maria Ressa Maps Social Media Disinformation in Documentary ‘A Thousand Cuts’

In the months after Rodrigo Duterte was elected president of the Philippines in 2016, Maria Ressa’s staff at the independent news site Rappler investigated a slew of killings believed to be connected to Duterte’s brutal war on drug suspects and users. Ressa, a prominent journalist and Rappler’s CEO, also published a series of stories examining Facebook’s impact on democracy and the rapid-fire spread of online disinformation in support of Duterte, who has said journalists “are not exempted from assassination.”
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Journalist Maria Ressa On Standing Up To Philippine President

Journalist Maria Ressa has faced criminal charges and death threats because of her coverage of the populist, authoritarian Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. She's covered Duterte's bloody "war on drugs," his expanding grip on all parts of the government and his crackdown on the press. In 2018, she was Time Magazine's Person of the Year. Ressa is the subject of a new PBS FRONTLINE documentary, 'A Thousand Cuts,' directed by Ramona Diaz.