As Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte amps up his attacks on the free press, we speak with renowned Filipino journalist Maria Ressa about Duterte’s deadly “war on drugs,” his affinity for Donald Trump, and his weaponization of social media. Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of the leading independent Filipino news site The Rappler, which Duterte has repeatedly tried to shut down. Last week, the Filipino government indicted her for tax evasion in what is widely seen as the government’s latest attack on the website. We speak with Maria Ressa in New York City. She has received the 2018 Knight International Journalism Award and the Committee to Protect Journalists 2018 Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award.
AMY GOODMAN: Music by the late Alice Coltrane. An ashram she built in the Santa Monica Mountains of California burned down last week in the Woolsey Fire. This is Democracy Now!, Democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman, as we turn now to look at attacks on the press here at home and abroad.
The White House is threatening to once again revoke the press press for CNN’s Jim Acosta just days after CNN won a temporary restraining order. White House officials have told Acosta he will be suspended again once the two-week restraining order expires. Acosta was initially stripped of his press pass after questioning Trump during a live televised press conference. On Sunday, Trump defended his attacks on the media during an interview on Fox news with Chris Wallace.
CHRIS WALLACE: In 2017, last year, you tweeted this, and I want to quote it accurately: “The fake news media is not my enemy. It is the enemy of the American people.”
PRES. DONALD TRUMP: It’s true. A hundred percent.
CHRIS WALLACE: No president has liked his press coverage. John Kennedy in your Oval Office, canceled the subscription to the New York Herald Tribune. Nobody called it the…