Maria Ressa

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October 17, 2021

Maria Angelita Ressa (born October 2, 1963 in Manila) - Filipino journalist, co-founder of the Rappler news portal. Together with Dmitry Muratov, she became the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021. In 2020, she was convicted of cybercrime under the controversial Philippine Cybercrime Act, condemned by human rights organizations and journalists as an attack on press freedom. Ressa was included in the ranking of the Time Person of the Year 2018 magazine as one of the group of journalists from around the world fighting fake news. On February 13, 2019, she was arrested for digital defamation on charges of publishing fake news on Rappler's sites about businessman Wilfredo Keng. On June 15, 2020, a Manila court found her guilty of cyber-libel. As Maria Ressa openly criticizes the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, her arrest and sentencing was seen by many in the opposition and the international community as a politically motivated act of the Duterte government. Ressa is one of the top 25 figures on the Information and Democracy Commission set up by Reporters Without Borders.

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