Award-winning journalist Maria Ressa is facing politically motivated charges in the Philippines.

My friend and colleague, journalist Maria Ressa, is still facing bogus, politically motivated charges in the Philippines.

She’s simply doing her job: fearlessly reporting on the government of President Rodrigo Duterte, including thousands of extrajudicial murders since he came to power.

Tomorrow, on World Press Freedom Day, we’ll be faxing tens of thousands of signatures in support of Maria to the Filipino Department of Justice.

It’s crucial that the authorities know the world is watching and that we will not remain silent.


The Philippines is already one of the most dangerous places on earth for journalists, with 12 murdered since the middle of 2016.

Maria believes so strongly in her role as a journalist that she has risked her freedom to speak the truth, but she shouldn’t have to. That’s where you and I come in. It’s up to all of us to raise our voices in support of Maria and freedom of the press.

So far more than 22,000 Australians have added their voices to our call for a free press.

There’s still time to add yours, but you need to act now. Will you call on the Filipino authorities to drop the bogus charges against Maria?

PS. Amnesty supporters like you have helped free journalists from prison, including Nigerian journalist Eskinder Nega, photojournalist Shawkan, and myself in 2015. Now let’s help Maria Ressa – add your voice before tomorrow.