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Maria Ressa

Founder and CEO, Rappler

Maria Ressa is the founder, CEO, and executive editor of Rappler news site, working for press freedom in the Philippines. She previously was senior vice president of ABS-CBN in Manila. Prior to this, Ressa opened and ran CNN's Jakarta, Indonesia, bureau from 1995 to 2005, after opening and running its Manila bureau for nearly a decade. In 1987, she began reporting for CNN and joined ABS-CBN as director and producer of Probe newsmagazine. Her books are Seeds of Terror, From Bin Laden to Facebook, and How to Stand up to a Dictator. Politically harassed and arrested by Duterte’s government, Ressa’s pursuit of truth and democracy is the subject of the documentary A Thousand Cuts. Her honors include the Nobel Peace Prize and UNESCO’s Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.

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