Join Us: Stand with Maria Ressa and

Independent Journalism in the Philippines

Trailblazing journalist Maria Ressa, the founder of the digital news site Rappler in the Philippines, is fighting for her freedom — and she needs your help. The internationally celebrated, Filipino-American journalist faces potentially a lifetime in prison if convicted on a slew of trumped-up legal charges designed to silence her and her newsroom. 

The #HoldTheLine coalition of more than 80 groups, led by the International Center for Journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders, is working to end the attacks.

Join us. Show your support by donning a mask with one of Maria’s most popular rallying cries for fighting back: #CourageON and #HoldTheLine. You can upload a digital “mask” to your social profile photos.

Maria, who is the winner of both the ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award and CPJ's Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award, is known for her hard-hitting investigative journalism and media innovations. As Maria herself has said, her case is “a canary in the coal mine” for independent journalism everywhere. Join us in holding the line as we fight for Maria and independent journalism in the Philippines and beyond. #CourageON











Latest #HoldTheLine Coalition News:

Shutdown Order Against Rappler Must Be Revoked Immediately

The Hold the Line Coalition condemns the historic shutdown order against Rappler approved by the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this week. By reinforcing an earlier decision to revoke Rappler’s certificates of incorporation, the ruling effectively confirms the shuttering of the independent news outlet. 

Hold the Line Coalition Condemns 16 New Legal Complaints Against Maria Ressa & Rappler

Ahead of national elections in the Philippines on May 9, the State has stepped up its attacks on Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa and the news outlet she leads, Rappler.

“This dramatic escalation in the legal harassment of Maria Ressa and Rappler highlights the urgent need for the Philippines’ to decriminalize libel and do away with laws that are repeatedly abused to persecute journalists whose reporting exposes public wrongdoing. The State’s blatant attempts to suppress Rappler’s election-related fact-checking services is an unacceptable attempt to cheat the public of their right to accurate information, which is critical during elections,” said the Hold the Line Coalition Steering Committee.

Press Freedom Icons Accept Nobel Peace Prize in Norway

Two global icons of press freedom accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, marking the first time since 1936 that journalists have been recognized with the world’s most prestigious award.

Underscoring the importance of journalism in combating authoritarianism and other destructive trends, the Nobel Committee honored Maria Ressa, co-founder and editor of the independent Philippine news site Rappler, and Dmitry Muratov, longtime editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, an independent newspaper in Russia.