Maria Ressa: Background

  • IPI Board member Maria Ressa, founder and editor of the award-winning news site Rappler, faces at least eight active criminal and administrative cases, which include tax cases, alleged violations of foreign ownership rules, and libel cases – all designed to harass Ressa and stop Rappler’s work. IPI is calling on Philippine authorities to drop all cases.

  • She faces up to 100 years in prison across all currently open cases.

  • Press freedom is under severe threat in the Philippines. In addition to the cases against Ressa and Rappler, authorities stripped the country’s largest broadcaster, ABS-CBN, of its license.

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The IPI global network stands behind Maria Ressa

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The politically motivated legal harassment against @rapplerdotcom CEO, IPI Executive Board member @mariaressa must end. I stand with Maria. #HoldTheLine #MariaRessa

From Turkey to Nigeria, IPI members and National Committees around the world are protesting the harassment of Maria Ressa and letting the Philippine authorities know that Maria and Rappler are not alone.

Press briefing with Maria Ressa (June 10, 2020)