Maria Ressa (born October 2, 1963 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino journalist and founder and CEO of the Rappler news site. He is one of the first investigative journalists in the Philippines, and has led CNN’s Manilan and Jakarta offices, as well as ABS-CBN’s news and current affairs editorial, among others. Ressa was founding Rappler in 2012. From a small news site, it quickly grew into the largest in the Philippines. The site has also written critically about the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, from which it has run into difficulties. Several charges have been brought against Ressa, and in 2020 she was found guilty of a cyber-defamation case. Ressa has received international recognition as a defender of freedom of speech, and the Philippine administration has been accused of trying to silence Ressa.
Maria Ressa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021 together with Dmitry Muratov.
Youth and study
Maria Ressa was born in Manila in 1963, when her mother was only 18 years old. Maria lost her father at the age of one. Maria's mother then moved to the United States, and Maria and her sister were left to care for her father's family. However, the mother flew regularly to meet her daughter.Maria Ressa moved to her mother and stepfather in the United States at the age of ten and then grew up in New Jersey. An American Italian stepfather adopts Mary. The family lived in Toms River, where Ressa also attended her high school. He studied at Princeton University, where he graduated in 1986. He completed a bachelor’s degree in English and also received a certificate in theater and dance. After graduating, Ressa returned to the Philippines and went to Diliman University in the Philippines to study journalism on a Fulbright scholarship.
on CNN and ABS-CBN
From 1986 to 1987, Ressa produced weekly social programs for ABS-CBN 2 and acted as the corresponding producer for the state-owned PTV 4 station. He was among the first to bring investigative journalism to Philippine television. Ressa ran CNN's Manilan office from 1987 to 1995 and the Jakarta office from 1995 to 2005. Following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Ressa became CNN's leading investigative journalist in Asia. He wrote the book Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia on the rise of terrorist networks in Southeast Asia. In 2005, Ressa moved from CNN to head of ABS-CBN's news and current affairs. He had more than a thousand journalists under his command.
Ressa worked at ABS-CBN until 2012, when she was founding Rappler. Ressa and three other journalists had gotten the idea for a new kind of news site that would work like a startup company. Rappler had the top 12 young journalists and developers. It was aimed at young readers, but thanks to social media marketing, it quickly grew into the fourth largest news site in the Philippines. Rappler and Ressa began to be harassed by the administration after Rodrigo Duterte became president. Rappler critically reports on Duterte’s violent war on drugs, during which many people have been killed and human rights violated. Duterte first referred to Rappler in his July 2017 speech on the state of the state when he said it was wholly owned by the Americans and thus unconstitutional. Ressa knocked out the allegation, but in August 2017, the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission began investigating Rappler. The Commission revoked the company's license, but the Court of Appeal restored it. Rappler was next charged with tax fraud charges, and Ressa was arrested in November 2018. Ressa was released on bail, and he said the allegations are purely political. In June 2020, Ressa was found guilty of cyber defamation. The case was based on Rapplerin in 2012 ju