Philippines’ Journalist Maria Ressa Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”

With a career spanning nearly a quarter of a century, Maria Ressa was formerly with CNN for 18 years, holding the positions of Manila Bureau Chief and Jakarta Bureau Chief. She went on to head up the News & Current Affairs Division of Philippines’ largest television network, ABS-CBN and was Managing Director of ANC, the only English cable news network based in the Philippines.

In 2012, she founded Rappler, a social news network combining traditional journalism with social media, crowdsourcing and big data. Employing innovative workflows combining multi-media disciplines for editorial and technical back-end, she oversaw the merging of broadcasting, IT, photography, data gathering and crowdsourcing.

A critic of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte, Ressa has been subject to arrest with Rappler’s operating licence revoked. She was found guilty by a Filipino court in June 2020 of ‘Cyber Libel’ charges and has been fighting five tax evasion cases and a closure order on Rappler for allegedly violating a constitutional ban on foreign investments in media companies.

April 2022 will see the launch of her new book, ‘How to Stand Up to a Dictator’.

Picture credit – Joshua Lim (Sky Harbor)


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