Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Release Date Announced for Maria Ressa's New Book 'How to Stand Up to a Dictator'

In an update on her Facebook page, Maria Ressa - CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler - announced that her latest book will hit bookshelves next year: April 7, 2022. How to Stand Up to a Dictator: the Fight for Our Future will be published by Penguin. It will also contain a Foreword by Amal Clooney, a vocal ally of Ressa and an even more vocal critic of President Duterte. Whichever side of the fence you stand on with regards to Philippine politics, this book should be an interesting read. Here's to hoping that we'll get more spicy details on Duterte's War on Ressa (and Duterte's War on Press Freedom, for that matter).

For those who hasn't been following the Duterte-Ressa saga, there's a ton of articles about it online that you can access with a few keystrokes. If you aren't inclined to wade through the mess, I suggest you watch the Frontline documentary called A Thousand Cuts. I remember watching the documentary and thinking that it was a pretty accurate summation of the issue. Of course, it was made in collaboration with Ressa so bias in the storytelling process is definitely in there. Other than that, it's a good watch. And fair, I should add.

Here's the blurb for the book from the website of Penguin UK:

What will you sacrifice for the truth?

Maria Ressa has spent decades speaking truth to power. But her work tracking disinformation networks seeded by her own government, spreading lies to its own citizens laced with anger and hate, has landed her in trouble with the most powerful man in the country: President Duterte.

Now, hounded by the state, she has 10 arrest warrants against her name, and a potential 100+ years behind bars to prepare for - while she stands trial for speaking the truth.

How to Stand Up to a Dictator is the story of how democracy dies by a thousand cuts, and how an invisible atom bomb has exploded online that is killing our freedoms. It maps a network of disinformation - a heinous web of cause and effect - that has netted the globe: from Duterte's drug wars, to America's Capitol Hill, to Britain's Brexit, to Russian and Chinese cyber-warfare, to Facebook and Silicon Valley, to our own clicks and our own votes. Told from the frontline of the digital war, this is Maria Ressa's urgent cry for us to wake up and hold the line, before it is too late.

How to Stand Up to a Dictator by Maria Ressa