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Maria Ressa

Journalist and Author Maria Ressa
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Profession: Journalist and Author

United States of America

Why Famous: Ressa is a Filipino-American journalist, known for founding Rappler—a Philippines-based newspaper. She came to the world's attention after being convicted of cyberlibel in 2020.

Since then she has come to symbolize the perils of press freedom in an age of growing authoritarianism.

Prior to her conviction, Ressa was named among Time magazine's 2018 Person of the Year as one of a cohort of journalists worldwide dedicated to the fight against fake news.

Born: October 2, 1963
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Age: 57 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rabbit
Star Sign: Libra

Historical Events

  • 2020-06-15 Philippines journalist and 'Time Person of the Year' Maria Ressa found guilty of cyber libel in Manila amid claims charges politically motivated