malaymail.com 28 Apr, 2021 02:30 am

Embattled Philippine journalist wins UN press prize

Embattled Philippine journalist wins UN press prize
PARIS, April 28 — The UN’s cultural agency yesterday 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...

PARIS, April 28 — The UN’s cultural agency yesterday 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.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.“Her case is emblematic of global trends that represent a real threat to press freedom, and therefore to democracy,” Mastrogiovanni 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.

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 also been subject to a sustained campaign of gendered online abuse, threats, and harassment, the agency said in a statement.

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