Maria Angelita Ressa (born October 2, 1963 in Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino journalist, author, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Philippine online newspaper Rappler. She won the Nobel Peace Prize 2021 together with the Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov.
Life and work
Ressa was born in the Philippines. Her father died when she was one year old. She grew up in Manila until she was nine years old, when the family moved to the Toms River in New Jersey in the United States. There she took high school in 1982. Then Ressa studied biology and English at Princeton University (New Jersey), where she cum laude received a bachelor's degree in English. She then returned to Manila with a Fulbright scholarship for political theater and completed a master's degree at the University of the Philippines - Diliman. At this time, her journalistic involvement began.
Resa's first job was at CNN, where she worked first in Manila from 1988 to 1995 and then in Jakarta from 1995 to 2005. As CNN's leading investigative reporter in Asia, she specialized in investigating terrorist networks.
From 2004 to 2010, Ressa headed the news department of the Philippine television and online group ABS-CBN, in addition to continuing to work for CNN and writing for The Wall Street Journal. In an open letter on October 11, 2010, Ressa announced that she did not intend to extend her six-year contract with the ABS-CBN. Technological University of Singapore as Writer in Residence.
She has written two books on the growth of terrorism in Southeast Asia: Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaeda's Newest Center (2011) and From Bin Laden to Facebook 10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of Terrorism (2013). She has also shed light on the Bojinka plan, which was averted in the Philippines and which led to a suicide bombing of Pope John Paul II during his 1995 visit to Manila, closely followed by the suicide bombing of eleven intercontinental passenger planes across the Pacific Ocean. started as a Facebook page in August 2011 under the name MovePH and later became an independent website on January 1, 2012. The site has since become a major news portal in the Philippines and has received several local and international awards.
Ressa is one of 25 people in the Information and Democracy Commission launched in 2018 by Journalists Without Borders. In 2020, she was convicted of "cyber libel" (defamation on the Internet) directed at the Philippine government under Philippine Anti-Cybercrime law, which triggered protests from human rights groups and journalists who thought the verdict involved an attack on press freedom. Ressa was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 by the leader of the Labor Party, former Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.
Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaidas Newest Center (Free Press 2011) ISBN 9781451636345
From Bin Laden to Facebook: 10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of Terrorism (ICP 2013) ISBN 9781908979537
Prizes and honors
1999 - Asian Television Awards for Indonesia
2002 - National Headliner Award for Investigative Journalism
2004 - Honorable mention with Ken Shiffman from Overseas Press Club for CNN Presents documentary "Seeds of Terror".
2007 - The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service (TOWNS) (Philippines).
2015 - Award "Excellence In Broadcasting Lifetime Achievement" at the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television.
2016 - Ressa was named one of the eight most influential female leaders in the Philippines by the job recruitment site Kalibrr.
2017 - 2017 Democracy Award from the National Democratic Institute (NDI). The honor went to Rappler. Ressa represented Rappler in Washington, DC at NDI's annual dinner for democracy where tonight's topic was Disinformation vs.