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Maria Ressa awarded Nobel Prize

Maria Ressa, editor of the online news outlet Rappler has been awarded (along with Russian
journalist Dmitry Muratov) the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Ressa has faced unrelenting
harassment from the Duterte government as a result of her coverage of corruption and human
rights abuses in the Philippines. Last year she was convicted of cyber libel and faces even more
court cases against her. The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines welcomed the
award saying “We hope this award will shine more light on those who put the spotlight on the
truth at a time when basic freedoms and democracy are under attack.”
The Philippines remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist. 20
journalists have been murdered during the administration of President Duterte, who, when he
first came into office, publicly warned journalists that they were not exempt from assassination.
Ressa is also a vocal critic of Facebook whose algorithms favour the spreading of hate
messages and fake news.