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Chapter 1: THE WAR

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In June 2020, Philippine journalist Maria Ressa received a jail sentence of up to six years on a...

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Starting on February 22, 30 organizations including 22 mediashared  “The Forbidden Stories of Rappler," a series of five videos about journalist Maria Ressa and the investigations of Rappler.com stories that the Philippine authorities want to silence.

Recently nominated for the Nobel Prize, journalist Maria Ressa has been released on bail 10 times in less than 2 years. Her crime? Pursuing stories that challenge the Philippine authorities.

From February 22 to 26, 30 news organizations and advocacy groups shared the five-part series, which focuses on the legal cases against Maria Ressa and Rappler‘s investigations into corruption, human rights abuses and other topics.

The video series was produced with the support of the Pulitzer Center. With the hashtag #AmplifyRappler, the videos aim to give a worldwide echo to the investigations that the Philippine authorities want to silence.

By sharing these videos massively around the world, #AmplifyRappler sends a powerful message to President Duterte: Rappler and Maria Ressa are not alone. We support them and we will continue to amplify the investigations that are challenging the Philippine authorities.

I THINK THAT JOURNALISTS SHOULD COME TOGETHER. THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO DEAL WITH BOTH ATTACKS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE KIND OF DRACONIAN POLICIES THAT ARE COMING NOW TO PREVENT JOURNALISTS FROM DOING THEIR JOBS IS TO FIGHT IT TOGETHER

MARIA RESSA

Chapter 1: THE WAR

The first episode follows Rappler’s coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs,” which has killed more than 30,000 people, and how Rappler journalists tirelessly sought to contradict the government’s crime statistics.

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