Ramona Diaz on the Persecution of Maria Ressa

Journalist Maria Ressa (L) and filmmaker Ramona Diaz in NYC, April 2019

Since coming to power in 2016 (a bad year all around), Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has presented a portrait of brutal, undisguised authoritarianism that makes Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, and even Viktor Orbán look like acoustic guitar-strumming liberal snowflakes.

Under the guise of a “war on drugs,” Duterte has engaged in a wanton campaign of extrajudicial murders that has…

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