RAPPLER co-founder and veteran journalist Maria Ressa will be honored with an international Press Freedom Award by the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
The journalism organization announced its selection of Ressa for the international 2020 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award on Friday, June 26.
Each year, the club confers the award to a journalist from the United States and another from overseas “who bravely pushes to disclose the truth in trying circumstances,” it said in a release. It is named after the late John Aubuchon, a former White House correspondent who served as president of the club.
Ressa, who was among TIME’s 2018 “Persons of the Year,” has been a vocal critic of the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. She was recently convicted on charges of cyber libel earlier this month for a 2012 Rappler article about a businessman, and faces up to six years in prison.
“Make no mistake they are looking to silence her outspoken and fearless voice, which is often in opposition to many of the restrictive and illegal policies of the government,” National Press Club President Michael Freedman and NPC Journalism Institute President Angela Greiling Keane said in a joint statement following her conviction.
“To silence the press is to silence the people, silence accountability and silence truth. Maria Ressa’s voice will not be silenced,” they added.
The 2020 Aubuchon awards will be conferred later this year, the club said.