Maria Ressa

How to Stand Up to a Dictator
  • How to Stand Up to a Dictator

  • WINNER OF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 2021

    What will you sacrifice for the truth?

    Maria Ressa has spent decades speaking truth to power. But her work tracking disinformation networks seeded by her own government, spreading lies to its own citizens laced with anger and hate, has landed her in trouble with the most powerful man in the country: President Duterte.

    Now, hounded by the state, she has multiple arrest warrants against her name, and a potential 100+ years behind bars to prepare for - while she stands trial for speaking the truth.

    How to Stand Up to a Dictator is the story of how democracy dies by a thousand cuts, and how an invisible atom bomb has exploded online that is killing our freedoms. It maps a network of disinformation - a heinous web of cause and effect - that has netted the globe: from Duterte's drug wars, to America's Capitol Hill, to Britain's Brexit, to Russian and Chinese cyber-warfare, to Facebook and Silicon Valley, to our own clicks and our own votes.

    Told from the frontline of the digital war, this is Maria Ressa's urgent cry for us to wake up and hold the line, before it is too late.

    Praise for Maria Ressa:
    Winner of the UNESCO Press Freedom Award 2021
    'A personal hero of mine ... she's an important warning for the rest of us'
    Hillary Clinton
    'Maria Ressa is 5ft 2in, but she stands taller than most in her pursuit of the truth'
    Amal Clooney
    'Maria is a key voice ... she is so incredible in so many ways'
    Carole Cadwalladr

Maria Ressa is CEO, co-founder and President of Rappler, the Philippines's top digital news site. She grew up in America and studied at Princeton University before working as a journalist in Asia for over 35 years. Maria has endured multiple arrests by the Duterte government, which is the subject of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival documentary, A THOUSAND CUTS. Ressa won the UNESCO World Press Freedom Prize 2021 and is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 2021. She was TIME Person of the Year in 2018, and was named by TIME as one of the most inspiring and influential women of the century. She has also featured in Prospect's Top 50 Thinkers, Bloomberg 50, and the BBC's Top 100 Women. She has received countless awards for her work, including the Golden Pen of Freedom Award from the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers. Before founding Rappler, Maria investigated terrorism in Southeast Asia, opening and running CNN's Manila Bureau and Jakarta Bureaus, before heading the largest news group in the Philippines. She wrote Seeds of Terror in 2003 and From Bin Laden to Facebook in 2012.

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