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Rappler’s Maria Ressa to be keynote speaker at Human Rights Press Awards

The Human Rights Press Awards is delighted to announce that Maria Ressa, the co-founder of news website Rappler, will be the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony on May 16, 2019, at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong.

Maria Ressa, Rappler
Maria Ressa, Rappler

Maria has become synonymous with the battle against disinformation and attempts to discredit the media in the Philippines.

Rappler has repeatedly pushed to hold the government accountable and has exposed corruption within the police force, which has led the deadly crackdown against drugs.

Maria has turned Rappler into one of the region’s most influential news outlets, even as the government has attempted to silence her – she has been arrested twice this year and is currently out on bail.

The Human Rights Press Awards showcase the best work by journalists reporting on human rights in Asia – promoting and rewarding much-needed coverage in this important field.  For more than two decades the awards have been proudly organised by the FCC, Amnesty International, and the Hong Kong Journalists Association.

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