Maria Ressa's case is important because of what it says about the way governments are increasingly using the "rule of law" to silence the legitimate work of journalists.
The arrest of a high-profile journalist in the Philippines has been rightly condemned. But the abuses she has been reporting continue daily.
The four people and a newspaper who are Time magazine's "Person of the Year" have been given the acknowledgment not just for what they have done, but for what they have come to represent.
Filipino journalist Maria Ressa has faced online harassment campaigns designed to discredit and silence her.