When Rodrigo Duterte became president of the Philippines in 2016, he promised vengeance and violence in a "war on drugs" which swiftly became a crackdown on the people.
Fighting against authoritarianism in an increasingly dangerous society, we join journalist Maria Ressa and the team at her online news site Rappler, as they reveal thousands of government-sanctioned murders, primarily of poor people accused of using or selling drugs.
Soon, Duterte begins to target journalists, unleashing a powerful disinformation campaign on social media, and Ressa places her own freedom on the line to hold the lawless regime accountable.
Director Ramona S. Diaz follows both sides of a critical fight between the free press and a populist government, between access to information and the spread of disinformation, creating a searing insight that echoes well beyond the Philippines.
This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC and Can Yeginsu, hosted by Article-19.
As members of Maria Ressa’s international legal team, they offer first-hand experience and expertise in international human rights law and the protection of media freedom.
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Presented by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, in partnership with Article 19 and Movies That Matter.
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands partners with Movies that Matter annually to use film to stir the debate on human rights, sustainability and the fight against injustice. The Dutch government supports the independent position of journalists and media organisations worldwide, and media freedom, as an important component of upholding Human Rights.
Attendance is free but please register to receive your ticket.