Harrasment of Maria Ressa: Madonna also realizes


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MANILA, Philippines – The siege of Filipino government journalist Maria Ressa has continued to draw international attention, including now pop star Madonna.

Ressa, executive editor of the Rappler news site, and Filipino journalists protesting the rights curtailment under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte received a play on Madonna's new song, "I Rise."

The music from Madonna's 14th and final studio album, "Madame X," pays homage to the resilience of people around the world who are fighting for their rights.

He showed a clip of Ressa, who was sentenced to be arrested twice by the Duterte government, being interviewed by reporters. Clips of press freedom demonstrations in the Philippines were also there.

Other footage included the survivors of the Parkland shooting, LGBTQ supporters, women's rights protesters, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman's testimony of sexual abuse.

Ressa was named one of TIME's People of the Year in 2018. She was also on the list of TIME's 100 most influential people in the world. (Editor: Tony Bergonia)

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