FNF congratulates Maria Ressa on receiving the Nobel Peace Prize

Maria Ressa
Maria Ressa after an appearance in court. The head of the Philippine online medium "Rappler" has been prosecuted for years. © picture alliance / ASSOCIATED PRESS | Aaron Favila

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is excited that Maria Ressa has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Dmitry Muratov. Ms. Ressa is founder and chief executive of “Rappler”, an online medium in the Philippines, which has been a partner of the Naumann-Foundation for years. Rappler and the Foundation cooperate regarding media literacy and media freedom. We jointly organize seminars and cooperate on publications, such as, at the end of last year, on the production of a film about female journalists in the Philippines, who pay a high price for telling the truth.

Price of Truth - the cooperation project between Maria Ressa and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation

Maria Ressa has been prosecuted for almost three years. She and Rappler have been under pressure for much longer. In 2014, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation awarded Ms. Ressa the "Freedom Flame" for her unwavering commitment to freedom of press in the Philippines. Now she has won the greatest of prizes, the Nobel Peace Prize.

Once again: Congratulations, Maria Ressa!

Rappler’s CEO, Ressa has shown herself to be a fearless defender of freedom of expression. Rappler has focused critical attention on the Duterte regime’s controversial, murderous anti-drug campaign. The number of deaths is so high that the campaign resembles a war waged against the country’s own population. Ms Ressa and Rappler have also documented how social media is being used to spread fake news, harass opponents and manipulate public discourse.

Berit Reiss-Andersen
Berit Reiss-Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee