HoldTheLine Maria RessaIPI-Admin2020-07-27T16:30:53+00:00
IPI Executive Board member Maria Ressa is facing a wave of politically motivated prosecutions in The Philippines designed to silence her. IPI members around the world stand by her.
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.
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.