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:

ICFJ Knight Award Winner, Leading Russian Editor Win Nobel Peace Prize

Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia today were named laureautes of the prestigious prize, “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace."

#HoldTheLine Coalition Welcomes Reprieve For Maria Ressa, Demands All Other Charges and Cases Be Dropped

The #HoldTheLine Coalition welcomes a Manila court’s decision to dismiss the second criminal cyberlibel charge brought against celebrated American-Filipino journalist Maria Ressa but demands the immediate withdrawal of all other charges and cases filed against Ressa and her news website Rappler.

Fighting an Onslaught of Online Violence

ICFJ’s latest research out today analyzes the intensity and ferocity of online violence against one of the world’s best journalists, Maria Ressa in the Philippines. The report, published this International Women’s Day, seeks to combat a problem that is horrifyingly pervasive for women journalists the world over.