When Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was asked, shortly before being sworn in, what he would do about the high murder rate of journalists, and declared
, “Just because you’re a journalist you’re not exempted from assassination, if you’re a son of a b*tch,” I shuddered for one of the most courageous journalists I’ve ever known. But she kept on.
Ressa, a Filipino American who spent nearly two decades at CNN, founded the online news organization Rappler in the Philippines in 2012. Since then, Duterte’s government has done almost everything in its power to silence her and put Rappler out of business.
But the most important thing everyone should know about her work is that it’s about much more than the Philippines.
As she has taken on the brutality of Duterte’s rule, and faced down a relentless legal campaign, which has included her repeated arrest (the government had filed 10 arrest warrants
against her, she said with seven legal cases still pending),…
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