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:

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.

New Libel complaint Against Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa

As Maria Ressa flies to Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize, the #HoldtheLine Coalition has condemned ongoing State-linked legal harassment of the Nobel Laureate after new libel complaints were filed against Ressa’s Rappler and six other news organizations - by a senior member of the Philippine cabinet. 

Ahead of Nobel Prize, #HoldTheLine Coalition Demands Charges Against Maria Ressa be Dropped

One week ahead of the Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony, the #HoldtheLine Coalition calls on the government of the Philippines to drop all pending cases and charges against veteran journalist and Nobel Laureate Maria Ressa and grant her unrestricted permission to travel to Oslo to accept this prestigious international award.