Rappler Fights to Keep Producing Philippines News

WordPress-powered publisher Rappler is in the headlines itself this week as it fights to stay online. The Philippine government has ordered the site to shut down.

Rappler is a Philippine news website founded by Filipino journalists including Maria Ressa who won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Rappler comes from the root words “rap” (to discuss) + “ripple” (to make waves). You can read their story and mission here.

Ressa shared the prize with a Russian journalist. They were the first working journalists to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 80 years. They won for their brave coverage of bad government in their home countries.

The Rappler started as a Facebook page in 2011 and evolved into a website on the next year. For years they have covered the corruption of President Rodrigo Duterte despite his fierce attacks on any journalists who disagreed with him. The Rappler team have a timeline of the government’s efforts.


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