“We will resist all attacks on press freedom.They are trying to scare us, but don't be afraid. Because if you don't exercise your rights, you will lose them.” Maria Ressa

To support journalist Maria Ressa is to support her fight for democracy, and against disinformation. It is to support independent media in the Philippines, including Rappler, the media outlet she co-founded in 2012.

Named as one of the century’s most inspirational and important women by Time Magazine, Maria Ressa has become a top target for President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, which has opened at least nine criminal cases against her.If convicted on all of these charges, she could be facing a lifetime in prison – but a clear demonstration of widespread international support could offer her vital protection.

The impunity for violence against journalists that characterises the Philippines is reaching new heights, especially for those who reporting on the pseudo-war on drugs being waged by the Duterte regime, which has resulted in mass extra-judicial killings.

A total of 16 journalists have been killed in the Philippines in connection with their work since Rodrigo Duterte was sworn in as president in 2016. The latest was beaten to death in May 2020.


On 3 May 2021 - World Press Freedom Day - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the #HoldTheLine* coalition are launching a mass campaign action in support of Maria Ressa and the media outlet Rappler.

Hours of videos have been sent in by hundreds of supporters around the world – human rights defenders, journalists, artists, lawyers and politicians – to defend a key foundation of our societies: freedom of the press.

You can take part in this mass solidarity movement by uploading your own message in support of Maria, independent media in the Philippines, press freedom or democracy. Your video will be added to a continuous loop that will keep growing until the Philippine authorities drop all charges and cease pressure against Maria Ressa and Rappler.

Thank you for supporting Maria Ressa, independent media and democracy, and for being an important part of this chain of international solidarity.

You message can be just a few moments. Introduce yourself at the beginning, and end your recording with these three words: “Hold the line.”


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You can also support Maria Ressa and Rappler by signing this petition calling for all charges against them to be dropped.


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Politician and ex-OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, FRANCE

Anya Schiffrin
Director of the Technology, Media, and Communications specialization at Columbia University's School, USA

Joseph Stiglitz
Nobel Economics Prize laureate, USA

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Editor-in-chief of The Guardian, UNITED KINGDOM

Mercedes Erra
Co-founder of BETC, co-president of the French committee of Humans Right Watch, FRANCE

Jon Snow
Board member of Reporters Without Borders and main presenter of Channel 4 News, UNITED KINGDOM

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Editor-in-Chief of The Globe and Mail, CANADA

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UNESCO Chair in Journalism and Communication, AUSTRALIA

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Pulitzer Prize-winning German investigative journalist with the Munich-based newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, GERMANY

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Member of the committee of experts ‘Communication and Information’ and of the advisory board ‘Diversity of Cultural Forms of Expression’ of the German UNESCO-Commission, GERMANY

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Editor at Arbetet, SWEDEN

Franziska Gorner
Advisor to the management at RSF Germany, GERMANY

Ritu Kapur
Manager Director and co-founder of The Quint, INDIA

Mariana Santos
Founder and Executive Director of Chicas Poderosas, PORTUGAL

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Deputy and Advocacy Director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, USA

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Advocacy coordinator at AmaBhungane, Centre for Investigative Journalism, SOUTH AFRICA

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RSF Mexico correspondent, MEXICO

Patrick Butler
Vice President at the International Center for Journalists, USA

Aleksandra Bielakowska
Senior Researcher, RSF Taipei Bureau, TAIWAN

Blayne Cutler
President and CEO of Heluna Health, USA

Mike McCurry
Former State Department spokesman and White House Secretary to President Bill Clinton, USA

Karlo Sy Su
Vice chair of the Asian American Journalist Association sport’s taskforce, USA

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International director of the Centre For Freedom of the Media (CFOM) at University of Sheffield, UNITED KINGDOM

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CEO of Public Media Alliance, UNITED KINGDOM

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Research journalist at the Public Media Alliance, UNITED KINGDOM

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Executive Director at the International Press Institute (IPI), AUSTRIA

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Director for Asia Pacific of the Asian American Journalists Association, HONG KONG

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UK correspondent for Il Giorno Italy and director at the Foreign Press Association, UNITED KINGDOM

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French speaking Africa editor at Global Investigative Journalism Network, TOGO

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Director of the West African office of RSF, SENEGAL

Daniel Gorman
Director of English PEN, UNITED KINGDOM

Joyce Barnathan
President of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), USA

Jean-Claude Coulibaly
President of the Ivory Coast Journalists Union, IVORY COAST

Courtney Radsch
Advocacy director at the Committee to Protect Journalists, USA

Margit Stumpp
Member of the Bundestag, GERMANY

Martin Patzelt
Member of the Bundestag, GERMANY

Marco Varvello
Head of the London Bureau of RAI and Vice-President of the Foreign Press Association, UNITED KINGDOM

Jürgen Trittin
Member of the Foreign Committee at the Bundestag, GERMANY

Cédric Alviani
Director of the East Asian Bureau of RSF, TAIWAN

Rob and Mary Tabor Engel
Journalist, instructor, Knight School at Queens University of Charlotte, USA

Paul Pouchoux
Advocacy officer at RSF, France

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Zachary Tsung-Hsien Lee
Multimedia journalist, TAIWAN

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Taiwan NextGen Foundation

Eve Chiu
CEO of the Foundation for Excellent Journalism Award, TAIWAN

Simone Barrientos
Member of the Bundestag, GERMANY

Jerrie Abella
Campaigner for Amnesty International, PHILIPPINES AND MALAYSIA

Glenn van Zutphen
Journalist and media consultant, SINGAPORE

Antonio Zappulla
CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, UNITED KINGDOM

Higashimuki Miwa
Journalist and RSF correspondent, NETHERLANDS

Anuradha Sharma
Independent journalist and RSF correspondent, INDIA

Bill McCarren
Executive director of the National Press Club, USA

Greg Victor
Founder and CEO of the International Free Expression Project, USA

Ulla Jelpke
Member of the Bundestag, spokesperson for Die Linke, GERMANY

Paata Kvavadze
Analyst, Center for Development and Democracy (CDD), GEORGIA

Natia Zoidze
Executive director at Sector 3, GEORGIA

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Irakli Mzhavanadze
Head of Fundraising and Organizational Development Division of CDD, GEORGIA

Rabiu Alhassan
Managing editor at Ghana Fact, GHANA

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Chaikou Balde
President of AMDH (Alliance des Médias pour les Droits Humains), GUINEA

Marija Sajkas
Media expert and political analyst, founder of 4 Better Media, USA

Katarzyna Mierzejewska
Engagement coordinator of CFWIJ (The Coalition for Women In Journalism), SWITZERLAND

Joyce Krajian & John Allen
Educators and community builders, USA

Netzwerk Recherche
The German Association of investigative journalists, GERMANY

Katja Gloger
Journalist and member of the board of the German section of Reporters Without Borders, GERMANY

Shermin Langhoff
Artistic Director of Maxim Gorki Theater, GERMANY

Cecília Olliveira
Founder and director of Fugo Cruzado, BRAZIL

Tom Grundy
Editor-in-chief of Hong Kong Free Press, HONG KONG

Erik Halkjaer
President of Reporters Without Borders Sweden, SWEDEN

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General Secretary of Federation of Media Employees Trade Unions (FMETU), SRI LANKA

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Singer and songwriter, PHILIPPINES - CANADA

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President of the International Association of Women in Radio and Televison (IAWRT), ZIMBABWE - UNITED KINGDOM

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President of the International Association of Women in Radio and Televison (IAWRT) in the Philippines, PHILIPPINES

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Member of the International Association of Women in Radio and Televison (IAWRT), NEPAL

Kathy English
Chair of the Canadian journalism Foundation, CANADA

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Former Minister of Justice in Germany, GERMANY

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Director of the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defender Project and Chairperson of the Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network (PAHDR-Net), UGANDA

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Researcher with the Coalition for Women in Journalism, PAKISTAN

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RSF correspondent, AFGHANISTAN

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Director and Editor-in-chief of Pajhwok Afghan News, AFGHANISTAN

Farida Nikzad
Center for Protection of Aghan Women, AFGHANISTAN

Anjilah Arezo
Afghan Journalists Safety Committee, AFGHANISTAN

Ryota Jonen
Director of the World Movement for Democracy, USA

Bassma Kodmani
Syrian democracy activist and member of the Constitutional Committee for Syria, SYRIA

Leonardo Sakamoto
Journalist and activist, BRAZIL

Jackie Harrison
Chair of the Centre for Freedom of the Media and UNESCO Chair on Media Freedom, Journalism Safety and the Issue of Impunity, UNITED KINGDOM

Zaina Erhaim
Syrian journalist and founder of Shams For Equity and Social Justice, SYRIA

Johannes Von Dohnanyi
German-American foreign correspondent, GERMANY - USA

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Freelance journalist, EGYPT

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Executive Director of Freedom Network, PAKISTAN

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Media rights activist, PAKISTAN

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Regional coordinator at the Coalition for Women In Journalism (CWIJ), TURKEY

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Lawyer and running an independent research based media development organisation, PAKISTAN

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Research coordinator for the Coalition for Women In Journalism (CWIJ), TURKEY

Chat Garcia Ramilo
Executive director of the Association for Progressive Communication (APC), PHILIPPINES

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Member of the Association for Progressive Communication (APC), PHILIPPINES

Veronica Ferrari
Member of the Association for Progressive Communication (APC), ARGENTINA

Mariana Fossatti
Member of the Association for Progressive Communication (APC), URUGUAY

Pavel Ivanov
Executive Director and Co-founder of Bluelink, BULGARIA

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Businessman, investor, venture capitalist and musician, USA

Peter Pomerantsev
Author, journalist and a Senior Fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at John Hopkins University, USA

Antoine Bernard
Lawyer, faculty member at Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs and Senior Adviser to Reporters Without Borders, FRANCE

Timothy Garton Ash
Writer, contemporary historian and professor at the Oxford University, UNITED KINGDOM

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Pulitzer Prize-winning German investigative journalist with the Munich-based newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, GERMANY

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Co-founder of the Caruana Galizia Foundation, MALTA

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President of Reporter ohne Grenzen, AUSTRIA

Ana Gomes
Former diplomat and a former member of the European Parliament, PORTUGAL

Kathy Kiely
Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Study at the Missouri School of Journalism, USA

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RSF correspondent, AUSTRALIA

Daniel Bastard
Head of Asia-Pacific Desk Reporters Without Borders, FRANCE

Joel Simon
Executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, USA

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Diane Foley
Mother of James W. Foley, a freelance, conflict journalist who was kidnapped in 2012 while reporting from Syria and ultimately beheaded by ISIS, USA

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General Secretary of Reporters Without Borders, SPAIN

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Head of the Africa Desk at RSF, FRANCE

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A journalism lecturer, UNITED KINGDOM

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Director of International Campaigns for Reporters Without Borders, UNITED KINGDOM

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Chairman of the German Journalists’Association, GERMANY

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