The European Union Parliament, some U.S. lawmakers and U.N. human rights experts have long demanded the release of Leila de Lima, who was detained as an opposition senator in February 2017.
Maria Ressa, the first Filipino Nobel Peace Prize recipient, says the government is closing Rappler, which gained notoriety for its reporting of President Duterte's bloody crackdown on illegal drugs.
Officially, at least 6,000 Filipinos, mostly poor drug peddlers and addicts, have been killed in the anti-drug police operations. But rights groups say the number of victims could be four times that.
The documentary A Thousand Cuts focuses on how Ressa and her Rappler news organization navigate Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's attacks on the press. It will be released in the U.S. Aug. 8.