JOURNALISM: In the Philippines, one brave woman and her team of journalists fight to maintain the power of truth over lies.
Nick Holdsworth
Nick Holdsworth
Our regular critic.
Published date: April 10, 2020

Maria Ressa has the dogged determination of a true newshound. The co-founder and chief executive of the Philippines’ news site, is a Time Person of the Year (2018) and recipient of numerous international journalism awards. As a former CNN staffer in the country (and also in Jakatra, Indonesia), the 56-year-old journalist had long specialised in investigating terrorist groups before founding in 2012. When, in 2016, controversial politician Rodrigo Duterte was elected on a populist platform that promised a «war on drugs» with a «shoot to kill» order to be issued to police, Maria’s moment came.

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