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The Challenges Faced By An Award-Winning Filipino Journalist

December 19, 2018

The Challenges Faced By An Award-Winning Filipino Journalist

Maria Ressa, one of the journalists Time magazine honored as it's "Person of the Year" in 2018, also is a co-founder and editor of Rappler, a news website that was ahead of the curve in her native Philippines by offering hard news and video via internet and mobile. Before being recognized by Time, she was interviewed for Update-1 by Irv Chapman, a longtime member of the National Press Club, during her visit to Washington to accept the International Center for Journalists award for her fearless coverage of the blood-stained war on drugs conducted by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who is now trying to put her website out of business. Maria was previously CNN's bureau chief in Manila and Jakarta and the head of news for a major Philippine network. She worries about the loss of editorial control of information by serious news organizations, and the retrogression to authoritarianism in countries whose democratic evolution she has covered.

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