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Citing lack of evidence, Ressa asks Manila court to dismiss cyber libel case

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:13 PM

Rappler, its CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa, and former researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr file a demurrer with Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa attends to her arraignment on Tuesday, April 16, 2018, at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46. Ressa and her co-accused, former Rappler researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr, pleaded not guilty to one count of cyber libel before Judge Montesa. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Maria Ressa among BBC’s 100 'inspiring and influential' women of 2019

Oct 18, 2019 - 11:23 AM

(UPDATED) 'For the next generation, the battle is going to be the battle for truth,' says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

PRESS FREEDOM FIGHTER. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is recognized by BBC for her work against fake news in the Philippines. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Pasig court wants reinvestigation of securities case vs Ressa, Rappler

Oct 14, 2019 - 5:23 PM

(UPDATED) The Pasig RTC Branch 159 says prosecutors violated Maria Ressa and the other board members' rights to due process

RAPPLER CASES. Maria Ressa at the Pasig Regional Trial Court (RTC) where she faces 3 different cases all stemming from the company's Philippine Depositary Receipt (PDR). Photo by Rappler

Remembering teachers who shape our lives

Oct 09, 2019 - 3:31 PM

Great teachers who shape our values, our sense of right and wrong, will always be with us

Manila court allows Rappler to seek dismissal of cyber libel case

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:55 AM

Rappler has 10 days to file its demurrer to evidence, after which William Keng's lawyers would have 10 days to reply. The case has progressed expediently so far.

CYBERLIBEL. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa attends a hearing on the cyberlibel case filed by against her by businessman Wilfredo Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[OPINION] The role of America's social media platforms in the battle for truth

Sep 30, 2019 - 6:00 PM

‘This is an existential moment in time, where, if we don’t take the right steps forward, democracy as we know it is dead’

FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT. Maria Ressa at the Global Investigative Journalism Conference in Hamburg 25. Photo from GIJC Facebook by Nick Jaussi/nickjaussi.com

Maria Ressa reminds journalists: An attack on one is an attack on all

Sep 29, 2019 - 5:30 PM

'If we don't take the right steps forward, democracy as we know it is dead,' says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa at the 2019 Global Investigative Journalism Conference

Keng demands P50M in damages in Rappler cyber libel case

Sep 27, 2019 - 2:33 PM

Rappler objects to the demand, saying that the charge sheet does not contain damages being sought

CYBERLIBEL CASE. Wilfredo Keng leaves the Manila RTC Branch 46 on September 27, 2019, after he presented his affidavit in connection with the cyber libel case he filed against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Photo by Jire Carreon

Amal Clooney raises attacks vs Maria Ressa at U.N.

Sep 26, 2019 - 8:41 PM

'Maria Ressa is a Filipino journalist who stands at 5’2” but stands taller than so many of us in her courage and personal sacrifice for the cause of telling the truth,' says Amal Clooney in her speech

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Maria Ressa joins Reuters Institute's advisory board

Sep 24, 2019 - 7:50 PM

'She has been lauded throughout the world for her journalism and for her part in supporting press freedom and tackling disinformation campaigns,' says the Reuters Institute

NEW MEMBER. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa joins Reuters Institute's Advisory Board. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower Christopher Wylie

Sep 12, 2019 - 8:54 PM

Wylie says the Philippines and other countries in the global south were perfect places for Cambridge Analytica to experiment with tactics and technology

Maria Ressa to U.S. journalists: What happened to PH can happen to you

Sep 08, 2019 - 12:31 PM

The US-based Society of Professional Journalists honors Ressa, Terry Anderson, Nick Ut, and Jamal Khashoggi for their courage and contribution to the profession

SPJ honors Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, photojournalist Nick Ut (left) and former foreign correspondent Terry Anderson. Rappler photo

Maria Ressa, 3 others named SPJ Fellows of Society

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:59 PM

The Society of Professional Journalists honors Maria Ressa, Terry Anderson, Nick Ut, and the late Jamal Khashoggi for their 'extraordinary contribution to the profession of journalism'

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa as she pleads not guilty on the 4 cases of tax evasion charges lodged at her and the online news organinzation. April 3, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Keng gets Peter Lim, Bong Revilla lawyers in case vs Maria Ressa

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The prosecution presents letters from PDEA clearing Wilfredo Keng of drug records

CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa leaves the Manila Regional Trial Court after a hearing during the pre-trial stage of her cyber libel case on June 21, 2019. Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] Help define how our democracy will survive

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:23 AM

'Even as we see what's being destroyed around us, remember: we are creating the future now,' says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa in a speech at the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health Commencement Ceremonies

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[ANALYSIS] #DefendMediaFreedom: Time to act at an existential moment

Jul 24, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Four reasons why the Global Media Freedom Conference may mark 'the beginning of an era of change' to protect journalists and democracy

A look into a libel trial: First witnesses up in Maria Ressa case

Jul 23, 2019 - 12:29 PM

A witness testifies to have read the article – a testimony that may seem trivial but is a requisite to proving an element of the crime

CYBERLIBEL. Opposing counsels shake hands after the hearing on the cybercrime charges filed by complainant Wilfredo Keng against Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa on July 23, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon

Amal Clooney: Duterte gov’t after Maria Ressa over human rights abuses exposés

Jul 11, 2019 - 12:40 PM

'Journalists who expose abuses face arrest while those who commit the abuses do so with impunity,' says international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney

Lebanese-British human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney holds a press briefing on her Media Freedom Campaign on April 5, 2019 in Dinard, western France, on the margins of the G7 Foreign ministers meeting to prepare the G7 Summit in Biarritz which will take place from August 25 to 27, 2019.  Damien MEYER / AFP

Countries that harm journalists must pay 'diplomatic price' – UK

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:39 AM

'If we act together we can shine a spotlight on abuses and impose a diplomatic price on those who would harm journalists or lock them up for doing their jobs,' says British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt

PRESS FREEDOM. Britain's Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt takes part in a panel discussion at the Global Conference for Media Freedom in London on July 10, 2019. Photo by Tolga AKMEN/AFP

'More courageous investors' needed in media, journalism

Jul 10, 2019 - 8:12 PM

'If you value democracy you need to realize it can’t function without journalism. It’s the lifeline of democracy.... We need more courageous investors in the media space,' says Nienke Venema of Stichting Demacratie en Media

Amal Clooney to lead team of int’l lawyers representing Maria Ressa

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:42 PM

As international lawyers, they will look into how best to protect her and Rappler under international laws

MEDIA FREEDOM ADVOCATE. Lebanese-British human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney holds a press briefing on her Media Freedom Campaign on April 5, 2019 in Dinard, western France. Photo by Damien Meyer/AFP

Rappler, The Investigative Journal to partner on investigative reporting

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:24 AM

The collaboration will see the coming together of two publishers with a shared belief in holding power to account through original, fact based, and investigative storytelling

Maria Ressa cyber libel case proceeds to trial at Manila court

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:11 PM

No settlement is reached between Rappler and complainant Wilfredo Keng

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa leave the court room as she attend for her pre-trial at Manila City Hall in Manila on 21 June 2019.  Photo by: Lito Borras/Rappler

WATCH: In Madonna's music video, Maria Ressa and PH fight for press freedom get spotlight

Jun 21, 2019 - 8:22 AM

'I Rise' highlights the universal spirit of protests and the humanity behind social justice movements around the world, including the Philippines' defense of press freedom and the cases against Maria Ressa

Ressa on Canadian Journalism Tribute: ‘Our only weapon is to shine the light’

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron, also an awardee at the Canadian Journalism Foundation Awards Gala in Toronto, asks journalists to stand beside Ressa ‘every step of the way’

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa after receiving the Canadian Journalism Foundation Tribute in Toronto. Photo by Marites Sison

Maria Ressa wins Stanford's Shorenstein Journalism Award

Jun 01, 2019 - 7:35 PM

The Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Center at Stanford University honors veteran journalists who 'contributed greater understanding of Asia through outstanding reporting on critical issues affecting the region'

MARIA RESSA. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa as she pleads not guilty on the 4 cases of tax evasion charges lodged against her and the online news organinzation on April 3, 2019. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Maria Ressa receives Columbia Journalism Award

May 24, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'Please don’t accept the world as you see it today...What you report and how you fight for truth matters.... Dream of a better future. Then go and make it happen,' Rappler's Maria Ressa tells the class of 2019

COLUMBIA JOURNALISM AWARD. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa receives the 2019 Columbia Journalism Award in New York City. Screenshot from Columbia Journalism School video

WATCH: Maria Ressa delivers commencement speech at 2019 Columbia Journalism School graduation

May 23, 2019 - 9:59 AM

Ressa was also presented the 2019 Columbia Journalism Award

Maria Ressa arraigned for cyber libel; SC may be next option

May 14, 2019 - 10:12 AM

(UPDATED) 'We're talking about it, we'll take a look at it,' says Ressa's lawyer Ted Te on elevating case to the Supreme Court

CYBERLIBEL. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 for her scheduled arraignment over one count of cyberlibel on May 14, 2019. Photo by Lian Buan

George Clooney praises Maria Ressa: She's the bravest of them all

May 12, 2019 - 2:16 PM

'She is that version of us at our best, holding truth to power,' says American actor George Clooney of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa

SUPPORT. Actor and businessman George Clooney and international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney throw their support behind Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Photo by Maria Ressa/Rappler

Groups hit 'pattern of attacks' against democratic institutions

May 08, 2019 - 1:43 PM

'Papatayin nila ang demokrasya kaya anyone who helps in strengthening democracy...sisirain nila kasi media is one of the pillars of democracy,' says Vera Files president Ellen Tordesillas

TRUE MATRIX. Some of the individuals linked to the so-called "Oust-Duterte matrix" gathered at the University of the Philippines Diliman for a forum organized by the Third World Studies Center on Tuesday, May 7. Photo by Kurt Dela Peña/Rappler

Getting closer to the truth

May 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

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30,000 int'l petitioners to PH: Drop charges vs Maria Ressa

May 05, 2019 - 12:38 PM

Amnesty International Australia sends the petition, with nearly 30,000 signatures, to Philippine Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

SUPPORT. Amnesty International Australia sent a petition to the Department of Justice, asking to drop the charges against Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. The petition is signed by nearly 30,000 others. Photo from Amnesty International Australia

Foreign-funded? Journalists hit back, say gov't gets funds from China

May 03, 2019 - 1:49 PM

On World Press Freedom Day, journalists point out that the government's own media apparatus gets huge funding from China

VETERAN JOURNALISTS. A panel of leading journalists assembles as a panel in the press freedom forum organized by the Freedom for Media Freedom for All network on World Press Freedom Day. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Maria Ressa pleads not guilty to anti-dummy charge

May 02, 2019 - 3:45 PM

Trial begins on August 22

ANTI-DUMMY. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa pleads not guilty to one count of anti-dummy before the Pasig RTC Branch 265. Rappler Screenshot

George Clooney throws support behind Maria Ressa

Apr 26, 2019 - 4:41 PM

'All of us here are so proud of your ability to shine a light and we’re all going to do everything we can to make sure it stays allowed for you,' says American actor and businessman George Clooney

SUPPORT. Actor and businessman George Clooney and international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney throw their support behind Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. Photo by Maria Ressa/Rappler

U.N.'s Callamard: 'We must go on offensive' vs EJKs, attacks on free speech

Apr 26, 2019 - 4:34 PM

'All of us, we must all understand that we must go on the offensive and we must disrupt what’s happening,' says UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard

UN EXPERTS. United Nations special rapporteurs, such as Agnes Callamard, are tasked to monitor human rights situations around the world. File photo courtesy of Loey Felipe/UN Photo

Maria Ressa accepts Tully Award, says sense of purpose 'sharper'

Apr 25, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Rappler's Maria Ressa, recipient of the Tully Award for Free Speech, hopes to 'keep walking until I come out the other side, and hopefully the world is right-side up'

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, recipient of the Tully Award for Free Speech, speaks to students at the Newhouse School of Syracuse University. Photo courtesy of Alexandria Bennet/WAER News

What do Maria Ressa, Glenn Close, and Taylor Swift have in common?

Apr 24, 2019 - 5:22 PM

'We believe that the only way to build is with hope, it’s with inspiration, it is with love. We will hold the line powered with the best of human nature,' says Maria Ressa in her toast at the 'Time' 100 Gala

TIME 100. Maria Ressa attends the TIME 100 Gala Red Carpet at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 23, 2019 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for TIME/AFP

'False, garbage' – Maria Ressa, Ellen Tordesillas, PCIJ on Duterte 'ouster plot'

Apr 22, 2019 - 7:42 PM

Tordesillas says that 'if this is the kind of intelligence report that the President gets and bases his actions and policies on, the country is in big trouble'

Maria Ressa urges journalists: Join battle vs attempts to stifle press freedom

Apr 19, 2019 - 1:19 PM

'The way we fight back as journalists is we shine the light. We call attention, we demand our rights,' says Maria Ressa

PRESS FREEDOM. Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa was arrested upon her arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on March 29, 2019 for supposedly violating the anti-dummy law. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Princeton salutes Maria Ressa, alumni in ‘Time 100’ most influential list

Apr 19, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Distinguished Princeton University alumni have also called on government officials, policy makers, and businesses to ‘press’ the Philippine government to end its harassment of Ressa and the Philippine press

TIME MAGAZINE 'ICON.' Rappler CEO Maria Ressa answers questions after she plead 'not guilty' to the 4 cases of tax evasion lodged against her and Rappler on April 3, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Philippines down 1 spot in 2019 World Press Freedom Index

Apr 18, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Reporters Without Borders says harassment against Rappler and Maria Ressa is the 'most emblematic case' of the threats against Filipino journalists. Turkey is also listed as among the world's worst countries for press freedom.

PRESS FREEDOM. A total of 11 cases have been filed against Rappler and its CEO Maria Ressa under the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte.

Maria Ressa joins 'Time 100' most influential people of 2019

Apr 17, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright writes the tribute for Maria Ressa in this year's list

MARIA RESSA. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa speaks to media outside the Pasig Regional Trial Court on March 29, 2019, after posting bail for charges of violation of the anti-dummy law. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Manila court defers arraignment of Maria Ressa

Apr 16, 2019 - 9:06 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Judge Rainelda Estacio-Montesa also defers the arraignment of ex-Rappler researcher writer Reynaldo Santos Jr to May 17. This will allow both journalists to file a motion for reconsideration on the denial of their earlier motion to quash.

MARIA RESSA. Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa arrives at the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 for her arraignment on Tuesday, April 16, 2018. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Court junks Ressa appeal, says cyber libel valid 12 years post-publication

Apr 15, 2019 - 8:19 AM

(UPDATED) In denying Maria Ressa’s Motion to Quash, the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 effectively upholds the justice department's theory that cyber libel’s prescription period is 12 years, instead of one year

Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa attends a hearing on the cyberlibel case filed by against her by businessman Wilfredo Keng at the Manila Regional Trial Court on March 1, 2019. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Rule of law key to journalists' survival in global 'war for truth'

Apr 13, 2019 - 8:52 AM

The 'war for truth…is a war we cannot lose in democracies' like the Philippines, says Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa

PROTECT JOURNALISTS. Journalists including Zaffar Abbas (2-L), Maria Ressa, and Yavuz Baydar (R) discuss what it takes to protect journalists in countries where there is a continuing climate of fear and intimidation. Screenshot from the International Journalism Festival's YouTube channel

Maria Ressa wins Tully Award for Free Speech

Apr 10, 2019 - 11:49 AM

The annual award from the Tully Center for Free Speech at the Newhouse School in Syracuse University is given 'to a journalist who has shown courage in facing a free speech threat'

MARIA RESSA. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa is interviewed by media at the Rappler headquarters after she posted bail over cyber libel charges on February 14, 2019. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Maria Ressa wins surprise award at inaugural BOLD Awards

Apr 09, 2019 - 10:12 AM

The BOLD Awards aims to shine a spotlight on bold and breakthrough projects in a number of fields, such as crowdsourcing, open innovation, and other technology-related sectors

THE BOLD AWARDS. The MCs along with H-Farm's Maurizio Rossi. Image from https://bold-awards.com

Malacañang slams U.S. senators for 'interfering' with PH sovereignty

Apr 08, 2019 - 11:57 AM

The American senators who called on the Duterte government to drop charges against Senator Leila de Lima and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa should 'mind their own business,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO