AAJA Statement on the Arrest of Philippine Journalist Maria Ressa

The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is closely monitoring the judicial proceedings in the Philippines against long-time journalist and award-winning reporter Maria Ressa. Ressa is the CEO and founder of Rappler.com2018 Time Person of the Year and recent awardee of the Press Freedom Award by the Committee to Protect Journalists.


AAJA calls on the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to provide fair, honest and due process to Maria Ressa after her early-December arrest linked to allegations of tax evasion, which she has denied.

The support of press freedom in the U.S. and around the world, in addition to the support and respectful treatment of journalists who hold governments accountable for their actions, are inherent to AAJA’s core principles and mission.


For questions, contact the Asian American Journalists Association at national@aaja.org.

AAJA Governing Board

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