Maria Ressa was one of the four journalists named as Time’s 2018 Person of the Year. Honored by the magazine for fighting the “War on Truth,” she is cited for bravely doing her duties as a member of the Philippine press despite the risks. A veteran journalist with 33 years of experience under her belt, she is now the chief executive of Rappler, the local news website she founded in 2012.
As Time noted, Maria Ressa has been a war correspondent, but her coverage of the anomalies in the Duterte administration may be her “most dangerous job yet.” The publication cited how Rappler “began investigating how the Duterte campaign built a network of domestic and overseas social media users who disseminated inflammatory and sometimes fake content created by a team of bloggers” as well as “relentlessly covered the brutal drug war of [President Duterte], including suspected extrajudicial killings that have alarmed human-rights advocates.”
Watch the video below to know more about Maria Ressa’s views regarding the current political climate, not just here in the Philippines, as well as her stand on the role of journalists and the press at such a critical time.