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Maria Ressa Biography – Maria Ressa Wiki
Maria Ressa full name Maria Angelita Aycardo Ressa, is a Filipina journalist, businesswoman, author and the Chief Executive Officer of Rappler, an online news website.
Maria studied molecular biology and theater as an undergraduate at Princeton University, where she graduated cum laude with a BA degree in English. She then was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for political theater, with which she completed her master’s at the University of the Philippines Diliman.
She was CNN’s bureau chief in Manila then Jakarta, and became CNN’s lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia.
In 1987, Maria co-founded independent production company, Probe. In 2005, she managed ABS-CBN News and Current affairs, the largest multi-platform news operation in the Philippines.
She is the author of two books – Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia and From Bin Laden to Facebook.
Maria has received numerous awards. In 2018, she was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” and won the prestigious Golden Pen of Freedom Award from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-INFRA), the Knight International Journalism Award of the International Center for Journalists, the Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Journalist of Courage and Impact Award of East-West Center, and the IX International Press Freedom Award of University of Málaga and UNESCO, among others.
Maria Ressa Age
She was born on October 2, 1963, in Manila, Phillippines.
Maria Ressa Children
Maria has no children. She said in an interview about having children, “If I had my own children, I wouldn’t have been able to throw that much of myself into my work.” She added, “I work too hard, I’d be a really bad mom, unfortunately. I can’t even keep a plant!”
Maria Ressa Citizenship
Maria is a Filipina.
Maria Ressa Arrest
Maria Ressa was arrested on 13 Feburary 2019, at the headquarters of Rappler. Plainclothes officers from the National Bureau of Investigation, an agency within the Department of Justice, arrived at Rappler’s offices in Manila around 5 p.m. local time.
Ressa was charged with cyber libel by the Philippine’s Department of Justice. The charge traces back to a story published in May 2012, months before the country’s cyber crime prevention law was approved in September.
Years after the article came out, a businessman named Wilfredo Keng complained that the report linked him to human trafficking and drug smugglingand that a car registered in his name had been used by the country’s chief justice. He said that because Rappler updated its article in 2014, it fell into the purview of the law.
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