Maria Ressa is known as one of Southeast Asia’s leading journalists. Now she’s got a more precarious identity: enemy No. 1 of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. News outlet Rappler, which Ressa launched in Manila in 2012, is under attack from the notoriously foulmouthed leader for its coverage of Duterte’s deadly “war on drugs.” Libel charges and questionable tax evasion allegations could mean decades in jail for Ressa.
Can the free press prevail? Ressa is facing a court stacked with Duterte allies — including newspaper publishers — but she’s got an international legal team on her side that includes star human rights lawyer Amal Clooney.