A leading Philippines journalist looks at the future of freedom of expression.
A free press is one of the key tenets of democracy. It’s under attack and faces censorship in many parts of the world. On the front line is Maria Ressa, co-founder and CEO of Rappler, lead investigative reporter in Southeast Asia for CNN for more than 20 years and a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2018 for fighting media intimidation.
Having been convicted of libel in June 2020 and sentenced to up to six years in prison – a ruling widely seen as a blow to democratic freedoms under President Duterte’s increasingly popular authoritarianism – she was released on bail.
Ressa is now on trial again and – once more – human rights organisations around the world have been among those to condemn the charges as an assault on press freedom. How can journalists and a free press oppose such attacks and support freedom of expression?
Maria Ressa is in discussion with Can Yeğinsu.
Please note: this is a pre-recorded event.
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