Journalist Maria Ressa, targeting Duterte, wins Nobel Peace Prize
Maria Ressa A courageous journalist in the Philippines who fought to hold President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime accountable in the face of dubious legal cases aimed at her imprisonment and shutdown of her news organization won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday. The Press Freedom Defense Fund, which I run, has been proud to provide financial assistance to Risa and help her pay her legal bills since 2017.
The Freedom of the Press Fund, a unit of the First Look Institute, of which The Intercept is also a part, began providing financial assistance to Risa in the early days of her battle with the Duterte regime, at a time when she and her fate were doomed. Its news organization, Rappler, was in doubt. The Press Freedom Defense Fund has continued to provide financial assistance to Risa since then.
She shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov. Both were honored for their work on the front lines of the global struggle for freedom of the press and freedom of expression.
Rappler, the news website founded by Resa and based in the Philippines, first gained the enmity of the Duterte regime by exposing the government brutal drug warRessa continued to combat disinformation spread by the system. Duterte and his government have targeted Resa and Rappler with a series of criminal and civil cases, including multiple arrest warrants, designed to confuse her and prevent her from fighting. in one trivial case Last year, she was arrested, convicted of criminal online defamation, and subject to travel restrictions. She fought back in the courts, while continuing to run the Rappler.
Ressa said early Friday that the award was in recognition of how “difficult it is to be a journalist today.”