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Maria Ressa Wants to Save Journalism

By Ravi Agrawal

22 Jul 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

Nobel Prize-winning Filipino journalist Maria Ressa talks about how she's managed to keep her independent news outlet running despite autocratic regimes.

There are many forces assaulting journalism around the world: misinformation, pressures on revenue models, and a growing trend of autocrats attacking press freedoms. One journalist who has faced up to all of these attacks in the most high-profile way imaginable is the Filipino American media executive and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa.

Ressa founded the digital media outlet Rappler in the Philippines in 2012. After Rodrigo Duterte was elected as Philippine president in 2016, she became the target of a series of attacks. Ressa has been arrested several times. This month, with the new administration of Bongbong Marcos in place, Rappler was ordered to shut down. Ressa plans to appeal.

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