Born In: Manila
Maria Ressa is a Filipina journalist, businesswoman, author, and global terrorism expert who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the online news website ‘Rappler’, which she had co-founded in 2012. She is the first independent Filipino Nobel laureate. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2021 for her fight to defend freedom of expression in the Philippines. During her early career, she had co-founded ‘Probe Productions’ with Cheche Lazaro to launch the award-winning investigative journalism series 'Probe Profiles'. She then worked for CNN for 17 years as Manila Bureau Chief and Jakarta Bureau Chief. Later, she had a six-year stint as the ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs division head. She has also written two books on the rise of terrorism in Southeast Asia, 'Seeds of Terror' and 'From Bin Laden to Facebook'. Throughout her illustrious career, she has received numerous honors and awards for her fearless and truthful journalism, including the 'Golden Pen of Freedom Award', the 'Knight International Journalism Award', the 'Gwen Ifill Press Freedom Award', the 'Journalist of Courage and Impact Award' and the 'IX International Press Freedom Award'. Ressa, who has redefined journalism by combining traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology, believes that "It’s about the news, and telling it well. The ratings will follow." She is unmarried and dedicates all her time to "fighting disinformation, fake news and attempts to silence the free press."
Born Country: Philippines
City: Manila, Philippines
education: University of the Philippines Diliman, Princeton University
awards: Nobel Peace Prize 2021
In November 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) indicted Rappler Holdings Corporation for tax evasion and failure to file tax returns. Describing it as yet another attempt by the government to gag the news outlet for being critical of it, Rappler published an article stating that the case was only for harassment and had no legal basis.
In 2020, Maria Ressa was convicted of cyberlibel, which was heavily condemned and criticised by journalists as as attack of the freedom of the press.
On October 8, 2021, Maria Ressa was oficially announced as the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize 2021, alongside Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov.
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