Maria Ressa, co-founder, executive editor and CEO of Rappler -- a popular digital news site that is leading the fight for press freedom in the Philippines -- will be in conversation with Keith Richburg about the state of media freedom in Asia and the world in this keynote session. Ressa will address the increasing challenges journalism faces today in a digital world dominated by a few large tech companies and weaponized by powerful players that aim to manipulate the public opinion and silent dissenting voices.
Ressa, a veteran journalist with more than 35 years of reporting experience in Asia, has endured constant political harassment and arrests by the Duterte government. For her courage and work on disinformation and “fake news”, Maria was named Time Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year, was among its 100 Most Influential People of 2019, and has also been named one of Times’ Most Influential Women of the Century.
Richburg is the director of the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong. He is a journalist and former China correspondent who spent more than 30 years overseas for The Washington Post, serving as bureau chief in Paris, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Nairobi, and Manila.