Maria Ressa named among Time Magazine's '100 Most Influential People' of 2019

Journalist, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa / photo from Time Magazine

Manila, Philippines - Embattled Rappler CEO Maria Ressa has been named among the world's 100 "Most Influential People" of 2019 by Time Magazine, according to a report by CNN.

Ressa was joined by singers like Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga, former United States First Lady Michelle Obama are just some of the "icons" category of Time's annual list.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Malaysian Prime Minsiter Mahathir Mohamad under the "leaders" category; Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and NBA superstar Lebron James under the "titans" category; world's No. 1 women's tennis player Naomi Osaka under "pioneers" category; and wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson and K-pop group BTS under "artists" category - were also recognized.

Ressa, along with other international journalists, was also named as Time Magazine's 2018 Person of the Year and tagged as "guardians on the war on truth."

Meanwhile, Rappler's CEO is currently facing various  legal battles, including the indictment and arrest of Ressa for a cyber libel case filed against her by a businessman.

Rappler is also facing  five tax evasion cases: four filed against Ressa and Rappler Holdings in the Court of Tax Appeals, and another at the Pasig Regional Trial Court.

On March 29, Ressa got arrested for allegedly  violating Anti-dummy Law after government prosecutors accused Rappler of illegally raising capital from foreigners, citing the 1987 Constitution that prohibits foreign ownership in mass media.

Ressa, on the other hand, posted bail after the arrest.

Source: CNN Philippines

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