lørdag 4. desember 2021

Philippines court allows Nobel laureate Maria Ressa to go to Norway

The Philippine journalist Maria Ressa will be allowed to travel overseas so she can accept her Nobel peace prize in person after a court gave her permission to leave the country to visit Norway this month.

Ressa, who is subject to travel restrictions because of the legal cases she faces in the Philippines, shared the prize with the Russian investigative journalist Dmitry Muratov, amid growing concerns over curbs on free speech worldwide. The award is the first Nobel peace prize for journalists since the German Carl von Ossietzky won it in 1935 for revealing his country’s secret postwar rearmament programme. In its ruling on Friday, the Philippine court of appeals granted Ressa’s request to travel to receive the award on 10 December, noting that she was not a flight risk.