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Sikat na Filipina writer on Maria Ressa: Hindi s'ya oppressed, hindi s'ya representative ng free press

Acclaimed writer Katrina Stuart Santiago isn’t buying Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa’s claim that her cyber libel conviction is an attack on press freedom.

In a June 18 Facebook post, Santiago slammed Ressa for always portraying herself and Rappler as victims of the administration’s alleged oppression while ignoring the plight of alternative media groups.

“[W]hen did Ressa even ever acknowledge the attacks on critics who are not her own social class, who are not on her side of the political specturm? When has she ever acknowledged the violence against progressive groups? All those international platforms and NOT ONCE HAS SHE TALKED ABOUT THE REST OF US,” she said.

Santiago expressed dismay over international media’s belief that Ressa and Rappler represent “independent” Philippine press.

“This has been, will always be, my issue with the way Ressa has been fashioned as hero of Philippine democracy by the West and its media: they believe, hook line sinker that Rappler is an ‘independent’ media entity, without even a sense of how Bulatlat, Pinoy Weekly, Altermidya are the only ones that can lay claim to that label,” she said.

Santiago said Rappler is far from being an independent media organization, noting that it has always been secretive about its funding sources from the start. American billionaire Pierre Omidyar invested in the website.

“And no, no, do not start about Ressa and nation—not once, NOT ONCE, has this journalist represented nation. This has always been and always will be about herself and Rappler,” Santiago said.


Sikat na Filipina writer on Maria Ressa: Hindi s'ya oppressed, hindi s'ya representative ng free press Sikat na Filipina writer on Maria Ressa: Hindi s'ya oppressed, hindi s'ya representative ng free press Reviewed by AsianPolicy.Press on 12:35:00 AM Rating: 5

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