Truth on Trial

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Out on bail after a conviction for “cyber libel” by the Philippines government, journalist and freedom of the press crusader Maria Ressa checks in with NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro. How does Ressa feel in this moment, facing years in prison? Is she hopeful for her appeal with famed human rights attorney Amal Clooney fighting on her behalf? What are the origins of President Duterte’s efforts to silence her and her team at Rappler, an online news organization in the Philippines? How has the weaponization of Facebook been used to do so? Ressa expands on what’s at stake when tech companies, instead of journalists, become the gatekeepers of information across social media in what she calls the “battle for truth.”

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