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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

The Tortoise interview: Maria Ressa

The Tortoise interview: Maria Ressa

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

This is a newsroom ThinkIn. In-person and digital-only tickets are available.

Maria Ressa’s work tracking disinformation networks seeded by her own government, has landed her in trouble with the most powerful man in the Philippines: President Duterte.

Hounded by the state, Maria has multiple arrest warrants against her name, and potentially more than 100 years behind bars to prepare for – while she stands trial for speaking the truth.

Maria’s story is told from the frontline of the digital war. Her book –How to Stand Up to a Dictator– is the story of how democracy dies by a thousand cuts. It maps a network of disinformation – a heinous web of cause and effect – that has netted the globe: from Duterte’s drug wars, to America’s Capitol Hill, to Britain’s Brexit, to Russian and Chinese cyber-warfare, to Facebook and Silicon Valley, to our own clicks and our own votes.

Join us for a special Tortoise Interview with Maria Ressa, where she explains what she has sacrificed for the truth, and urges us to pay attention to dark forces in the online world, before it is too late.

editor and invited experts

James Harding
Editor and Co-founder

Maria Ressa
Journalist and author, the co-founder and CEO of Rappler