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Rappler's Maria Ressa Goes on Sabbatical

Her co-founders are stepping up.
by Arianne Merez
Nov 11, 2020
Photo/s: Jerome Ascaño

News website Rappler's chief executive officer Maria Ressa said Wednesday that she was going on sabbatical, prompting co-founders of the platform to step up.

Rappler co-founder and current managing editor Glenda Gloria will assume Ressa's post as executive editor, setting the website's editorial direction and policies. Ressa will remain CEO and president.

Gloria will be replaced by Chay Hofileña, head of its investigative news desk, as managing editor, setting the day-to-day editorial agenda.

In an announcement on its website, Rappler said "increased threat" against journalists and journalism "compelled" Ressa to "assume a more active role in the global networks fighting disinformation."

"These times demand new ways of thinking to solve existential problems for journalism and democracy," Ressa said.

Ressa, among the 2018 Persons of the Year of TIME Magazine, was convicted earlier this year of cyber-libeling a businessmanShe has been active in speaking on press freedom issues and in criticizing the administration.
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