- Maria Ressa, the Chief Executive Officer of Rappler, a Philippine-based website, has received a nomination for the prestigious Nobel Prize
- Ressa has confronted a host of controversies, slammed with cases but managed to stay strong
- She was nominated by a Norwegian politician and opposition Labour party leader Jonas Gahr Støre
- Støre said that a Nobel Peace Prize will be a recognition of the kind of work that they do
Maria Ressa, the CEO of Rappler, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Jonas Gahr Støre, a Norwegian politician and opposition Labour party leader, who believes that the prestigious international award will be a recognition of the value of the work that they do.
Ressa, after receiving the news about her nomination immediately tweeted about the charges that were filed against her and reiterated the number of years that she has been in the industry.
"10 criminal charges, 10 arrest warrants in less than 2 years. Yup. #JournalismIsNotACrime #HoldTheLine oh, this year, I hit 35 years in journalism #TrackRecord," tweeted the feisty journalist.
The Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 46 previously released its verdict regarding the pending case of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. The court said that Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. were “guilty” of cyber libel. Ressa faced the press after the decision was released and she issued a statement. The Rappler CEO and Santos were sentenced with 6 months to 6 years of imprisonment.
Even American officials have expressed their support for Rappler CEO Maria Ressa after she was found "guilty” of cyber libel. Former US Senator Hillary Clinton said that Ressa was convicted for just doing her job as a journalist in the country. She added that the attack on press freedom is also an attack on democracy. National Democratic Institute chairperson Madeleine Albright also expressed her support for the Rappler CEO - Earlier, Ressa and former researcher-writer Reynaldo Santos Jr. were found “guilty” of cyberlibel.
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