Filipino-American journalist Maria Ressa has emerged as a symbol of the fight for press freedom and democracy.

She is executive editor and co-founder of the online news website Rappler, who’s been openly critical to the government of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte and his «troll factories».  She’s also an outspoken critic of Facebook and other American tech giants, due to their enabling of the spread of disinformation and fake news.

Ressa has been arrested several times. I June 2020 she was sentenced for up to six years in prison, for cyber libel against the president. The sentence has been condemned by Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders and Human Right Watch, amongst others.

Despite the great personal consequences and risk to her safety, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Ressa continues to fight, with journalism as her weapon. 

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