onsdag 13. oktober 2021

A triumph of truth over lies’: joy in the Philippines over Maria Ressa’s Nobel prize win

The news that journalist Maria Ressa has been awarded the Nobel peace prize has been greeted with joy by defenders of human rights in the Philippines. Ressa last week became the first Filipino journalist to be awarded the prestigious prize, which she shared with Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov. The award put a spotlight on the struggle of journalists and activists fighting President Rodrigo Duterte’s attacks against press freedom and human rights, amid his brutal drug war that has left thousands dead.

For the past five years, Ressa and her news website Rappler did not waver in reporting on alleged abuses and corruption in the Duterte administration. The award was announced on 8 October, as Ressa and Rappler were busy reporting on the last day of registration for candidates in next year’s national and local elections. Six top politicians were among nearly 100 people who have registered to run to succeed Duterte in the May 2022 elections, but the final list will only be out later in the year.

Duterte critic Senator Leila De Lima, who has been detained since 2017 over drug charges that have drawn accusations of being politically motivated, said the timing of the prize award was perfect.