Maria Ressa Is Named Time's Person of the Year With Murdered Journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Others
Rappler co-founder and CEO Maria Ressa and other journalists have collectively been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year in the cover story “The Guardians and the War on Truth.” Time calls the journalists “representatives of a broader fight by countless others around the world.”
The other journalists named are murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo who are imprisoned in Myanmar, and the staff of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland. Five of its staffers were killed in a shooting incident earlier this year.
Ressa has been at the forefront in the war against fake news and attempts to muzzle the press in the Philippines. She was arrested last week on charges of tax evasion, a move believed to be a crackdown on Rappler's reporting, though this has been denied by the government.
Rappler has been relentlessly covering Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs and suspected extrajudicial killings.
“I’ve been a war zone correspondent, I’ve planned coverage when one side is shooting against the other side,” Ressa told Time magazine last week. “That is easy compared to what we’re dealing with now.”