Ms Ressa is the CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler, one of the leading online news organisations in the Philippines. Ms Ressa was formerly a journalist at CNN and has received multiple prestigious awards for her journalism. She was one of four journalists named as Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ in 2018 for taking “great risks in pursuit of greater truth”.
Ms Ressa and Rappler have been targeted by the Filipino authorities following their reporting of public interest stories about human rights abuses and the weaponization of social media in the Philippines under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. This has taken various forms, including arrests and criminal charges for alleged securities fraud, tax evasion and ‘cyber-libel’ and the attempted revocation of Rappler’s license to operate.
The international team will work closely with US counsel at the leading US law firm Covington & Burling LLP, including Ambassador Daniel Feldman, Peter Lichtenbaum and Kurt Wimmer at the firm’s Washington DC office, and will coordinate as necessary with domestic counsel in Manila.