Maria Ressa Says Her Nobel Prize Is “For All Journalists Around The World” | Maria Ressa
Veteran Filipino journalist Maria Ressa told her: Nobel Peace Prize It was for “all journalists around the world” where she pledged to continue her fight for press freedom.
Ressa, co-founder of the news site Rappler, and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov Received the award on Friday for their efforts to “protect freedom of expression”.
“This is really for all journalists around the world,” said Risa, a fierce critic of philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday.
“We need help on many fronts – it is very difficult and dangerous to be a journalist today.”
Filipino press groups and human rights activists have praised the Resa Award as a “victory” in a country that has been ranked as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.
Since Duterte came to power in 2016, Ressa and Rappler have endured what media advocates say is a crunchy string of criminal charges, investigations and online attacks.
Duterte has called Rappler a “fake news outlet” and Risa has been the target of abusive messages online.
Ressa, 58, said she hopes the award will provide her and other journalists in the Philippines against physical attacks and online threats.
Ressa said, describing the award as “like a shot of adrenaline.”
“I hope this will allow journalists to do our jobs well without fear.”
Resa has been a vocal critic of Duterte and his government’s policies, including… drug war which rights groups estimate has killed tens of thousands of men, most of them poor.
Rappler was among the domestic and foreign media that published horrific images of the killings and questioned their legal basis.
ICC judges have authorized a full investigation into a possible crime against humanity during the bloody campaign.
Other media outlets have fallen for Duterte’s fault, including the Philippines Daily Inquirer and broadcasting giant ABS-CBN, which lost its free-to-air license last year.
But Ressa said Rappler’s independence meant he could fight back. “We don’t have other business to protect,” she said. “So it’s very easy for us to back off.”
Ressa said seven legal cases, including tax evasion, still in the courts were “ridiculous” and she was determined to win.
She has been released on bail pending an appeal against a conviction last year in a cyber-libel case, for which she faces up to six years in prison.
Two other cyber-libel cases were dismissed earlier this year.
“The abuse of power would have worked if I had allowed fear in my feelings and in my head to control our reactions – the biggest challenge has always been to overcome your fears,” she said.
“Being brave doesn’t mean not being afraid, it just means knowing how to deal with your fear.”
The author of How to Stand Up to a Dictator hopes to get permission to travel to Norway to receive the Nobel Prize.
Ressa said the Philippine election season, which began this month with candidates registering for more than 18,000 positions from president to city councilor, will be a “decisive” for the country, calling it an “existential moment.”
In May, voters will choose Duterte’s successor, who is constitutionally prohibited from seeking a second six-year term.
Show polls Duterte’s daughter, Sarahand the son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos of the same name among the early candidates for the top job. Sarah denied having plans to run.
“This will be a battle for facts,” Ressa said, warning that the Philippines is “very close to becoming a democracy in name only.”
Filipinos are among the most social media users in the world, and the country has become a major battleground for fake news.
Throughout the campaign against it, Ressa, who is also a US citizen, remained in the Philippines and continued to speak out against Duterte’s government despite the risks.
“I joke all the time and sometimes I say I really have to thank President Duterte because you don’t really know who you are until you have to fight for it,” Ressa said. “I know who I am now.”