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Update-1 chronicles challenges faced by Filipino journalist

December 21, 2018 | By Adam Konowe |

Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa

Maria Ressa, co-founder and editor of Rappler, a news website in the Philippines was recently interviewed for Update-1, the National Press Club's podcast, by Irv Chapman, a longtime member of the Press Club.

Ressa 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.

She was in 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.

Rappler was ahead of the curve in her native Philippines, offering hard news and video via internet and mobile.

Ressa was previously CNN's bureau chief in Manila and Jakarta, and the head of news for a major Philippine network.

Update-1 is produced by Mike Hempen. The podcast can be heard on the Club website.