Truth, Power and the Importance of Press Freedom: An Exclusive Conversation with Maria Ressa


June 10, 2020


A Virtual Event in Partnership with the International Center for Journalists

FRONTLINE and the International Center for Journalists present a global conversation on the importance of press freedom, with award-winning journalist, Maria Ressa.

Journalism is essential to the function of democracy, informing and empowering citizens, yet journalists worldwide have become embattled for covering the news.  In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has cracked down on news outlets critical of his brutal war on drugs. A top target: Maria Ressa, chief executive of independent news site Rappler, who is currently facing jail time under a cyber libel law, and is the subject of an upcoming FRONTLINE documentary. On the eve of her court verdict , Ressa leads a vital conversation on reporting, truth and its impact on democracy.



Maria Ressa, CEO & Executive Editor, Rappler

Ramona Diaz, Film Director, A Thousand Cuts

Raney Aronson-Rath, Executive Producer, FRONTLINE

Moderated by Dr. Julie Posetti, Global Director of Research, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)


Read more about Maria Ressa’s defense of press freedom here:

The conversation includes clips from A Thousand Cuts, and the full film will be accessible for those in the Philippines for 24 hours leading up to the event. You can learn more about A Thousand Cuts at:

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