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Tue Apr 27, 2021, 10:57 PM

An example to many': journalist Maria Ressa wins Unesco press freedom prize

Source: Agence France-Presse

An example to many’: journalist Maria Ressa wins Unesco press freedom prize

Agence France-Presse
Wed 28 Apr 2021 02.40 BST

The UN’s cultural agency has awarded its annual press freedom prize to Philippine journalist Maria Ressa whose reporting has made her a target of her country’s judiciary and online hate campaigns.

Ressa, a former Asia lead investigative reporter for US network CNN and head of domestic network ABS-CBN News, now manages the news website Rappler whose reporting has attracted the wrath of Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte.

She has been involved in many international initiatives to promote press freedom, and arrested several times “for alleged crimes related to the exercise of her profession”, Unesco said.

She has also been subject to a sustained campaign of gendered online abuse, threats, and harassment, the agency said in a statement. At one point she received an average of over 90 hateful messages an hour on Facebook, it said.

“Maria Ressa’s unerring fight for freedom of expression is an example for many journalists around the world,” jury chair Marilu Mastrogiovanni said in the statement.


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/28/philippines-journalist-maria-ressa-wins-unesco-press-freedom-prize

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