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Past Event

Maria Ressa: Independent Journalism Under Attack

Perhaps nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy, and as a result she has faced a series of lawsuits, most recently resulting in a conviction for "cyberlibel" for reporting on Duterte.

What makes this outspoken journalist continue her work? What is the situation for independent journalists in The Philippines, where Duterte continues to receive sky-high approval ratings? 

Join us for an interview with Maria Ressa and Filipino-American documentary filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz. Diaz's new film, A Thousand Cuts, tells Ressa's story and explores the conflicts between the press and Duterte's government.


This program was rescheduled from July 30, due to changes in one of the speaker's schedule

This is a free, online-only event; we welcome donations during the registration process to support production of our online programming

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Ressa photo by Joshua Lim (Sky Harbor)

August 4, 2020

United States

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Maria Ressa

CEO and Executive Editor, Rappler; Journalist; Author

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Ramona S. Diaz

Director, A Thousand Cuts

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Michelle Meow

Producer and Host, "The Michelle Meow Show" on KBCW/KPIX TV and Online Radio; Member, Commonwealth Club Board of Governors; Twitter @msmichellemeow—Co-Host

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John Zipperer

Producer and Host, Week to Week Political Roundtable; Vice President of Media & Editorial, The Commonwealth Club—Co-host


6–7 p.m. (Pacific Time) program