Ressa Among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People

Maria Ressa at the TIME 100 Gala in New York. Screengrab from Time.com.


RAPPLER CHIEF Executive Officer and Executive Editor Maria Ressa is one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2019. Ressa joins other global leaders, artists and sports icons in the list.

“Now in its 16th year, the TIME 100 is far more than an annual list of the world’s most influential people,” Time said. “It is, across its more than 1,000 alumni, one of the world’s greatest leadership communities — a unique mix spanning government, business, entertainment, health, sports and science.”

The recognition comes amid the attacks Ressa and news website Rappler have been facing in recent months. (see Alerts: “Rappler CEO Arrested on Anti-Dummy Law Charge,” “Court Resets Arraignment of Rappler CEO, Former Researcher,” “Rappler’s Maria Ressa Posts Bail on Cyber Libel”)

Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright wrote the tribute to Ressa.

“Around the world, a new generation of authoritarian leaders is leading a concerted and intentional assault on truth, with serious consequences for journalists such as Maria who are committed to exposing corruption, documenting abuse and combatting misinformation,” Albright wrote.

“Maria’s Manila-based news site, Rappler, has already been indicted by President Duterte’s government on questionable tax-evasion charges, and Maria was arrested and briefly imprisoned earlier this year for allegedly violating a dubious ‘cyber-libel’ law. But Maria remains undaunted,” Albright added.

“We will hold the line powered with the best of human nature,” Ressa said during the Time 100 gala in New York City last Tuesday, April 23.

Ressa was also one of Time’s Persons of the Year in 2018 along with journalists from other countries.