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In the #Philippines, a 55-year-old woman named Maria Ressa steers @rappler, an online #news site she helped found, through a superstorm of the two most formidable forces in the information universe: #socialmedia and a populist President with authoritarian inclinations. Rappler has chronicled the violent drug war and extrajudicial killings of President Rodrigo #Duterte that have left some 12,000 people dead, according to a January estimate from @humanrightswatch. Duterte has called Rappler “fake news” and banned its reporters from presidential events. The government recently charged Ressa with tax fraud—a move widely viewed as an attempted crackdown on Rappler's reporting. She faces a possible 10-year sentence. Ressa is one of the Guardians, TIME's Person of the Year 2018. #TIMEPOY Read the full story at TIME.com/POY2018. Photograph by @moisessaman—@magnumphotos for TIME
Journalist Maria Ressa is one of the most controversial women today. In the span of almost two months, she was arrested by the government for various cases. This came shortly after Pres. Rodrigo Duterte had been critical of her company, Rappler. Not suspicious at all.
Despite that, Maria was named a TIME Person of the Year in 2018, along with other journalists who are holding the line and reporting the truth. Now, she’s part of the publication’s list of 100 most influential people.
Maria gave a speech at the TIME 100 Gala earlier today where she talked about the cases against her and her recent arrests. “[The] only thing I’ve done, my only crime is to be a journalist, to speak truth to power,” she said.
She also talked about the similarities between Duterte and US president Donald Trump. “Well, it’s ironic that even though our two nations are almost exactly across the world from each other, our leaders have the same style,” she said. “They’re macho, populist styles, sexist at best, misogynistic at worst. Our leaders, these leaders use anger and fear to divide and to conquer, they create and they live a politics of hate.”
This is further proof that Maria Ressa is a woman who will never be silenced by threats or intimidation, especially if it means exposing the truth about the injustices in our country.
Watch Maria’s full speech below:
— TIME (@TIME) April 24, 2019
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