Filipino Journalist Maria Ressa Arrested in Overt Attempt to Crush Press Freedom

Award-winning journalist Maria Ressa was found guilty of “cyber libel” for investigating President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, who has continuously suppressed press freedom and has been responsible for countless human right violations. Journalism is under major fire in the Philippines, and Ressa has been persecuted for denouncing an administration that egregiously disregards basic human rights.

Ressa said: “I’m being set up as an example so that others will stop asking tough questions, and I think that puts responsibility on me to continue asking tough questions.”

Q&A: Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Murthy: “We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet”

As top health experts paint a bleak picture of the pandemic and warn of the dangers of reopening the country too soon, many individuals are feeling uneasy and unsure about what comes next. To help illuminate the path forward, Ms. associate digital editor Roxy Szal spoke with Dr. Rekha Murthy, MD about testing capabilities; what differentiates coronavirus from other infectious diseases, like the flu; the feasibility of herd immunity; and what’s giving her some much-needed hope.

Another Egregious Attack on Reproductive Health by Trump Administration

John Barsa, administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has asked for all references to sexual and reproductive health to be removed from the UN’s Global Humanitarian Response Plan. Barsa claims the U.N. is using the pandemic to advance access to abortion by including it as an “essential” health service.

Here’s the thing: Abortion is essential health care —including during a pandemic.