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NOBEL PRIZE AWARDEE Maria Ressa blames Duterte gov’t for her cyber libel rap

RESSA A CONVICTED FELON FOR CYBER LIBEL

By ROGER M. BALANZA

Rappler founder Maria Ressa on Tuesday, October 12, stood firm on her claim the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte was behind the cyberlibel crime filed against her even as she thanked Malacanang for congratulating her for winning the Nobel Peace Prize 2021 for journalism.

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa is escorted by police after posting bail in Pasig Regional Trial Court on March 29, 2019.

Ressa and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov won the 2021 Nobel prize for braving the “wrath of their respective governments to expose corruption and misrule.”

“I suppose thank you and then what I didn’t appreciate is almost hand in hand it came with a hit,” Ressa said of the Malacañang statement congratulating her for her award.

However, Ressa spiced up the thank you with a sour note relating to the cyberlibel rap filed against her..

“Hand in hand with that (congratulation) was this reminder, which is a lie… that the cyberlibel complaint is filed by an individual and what the government repeatedly refuses to say is that it takes a government to actually file a criminal case, ” she said.

“So this is the government’s case, it’s the Department of Justice’s, it is their decision. So they should really own it. So thanks, but not thanks, ” Ressa said.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday said in a virtual press briefing,that the Palace is congratulating Ressa but slammed the journalist for her claim about government being behind the libel case.

The criminal liability of Maria Ressa remains pending in our courts and we leave it to our courts,” Roque said. Ressa is on bail from a libel rap filed by a businessman.

Roque said Ressa still has to clear her name before the Philippine court.

“In fact, she’s a convicted felon for cyber libel in the Philippines and faces other cases in the Philippines and that’s for the court to decide,” he said.

Ressa is the first Filipino recipient of the prestigious citation. She was also the first woman to receive this year’s Nobel Prize award.

Roque congratulated Ressa, noting that the award is “a victory for a Filipina.”

Roque said press freedom in the Philippines is alive “and the proof is the Nobel prize award given to Maria Ressa.”

DESPITE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE, criminal liability of Maria Ressa remains pending in Philippine courts 

Maria Ressa’s Nobel Peace Prize ‘not a slap’ on government

MANILA – Maria Ressa’s Nobel Peace Prize award is “not a slap” on the government’s face as “no one has ever been censored in the Philippines,” Malacañang said on Monday.”Certainly not. It is not a slap on the government. It was made by private individuals in Norway. We respect their decision but as I said, criminal liability of Maria Ressa remains pending in our courts and we leave it to our courts on that fate,” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque on Monday said he said in a virtual Palace press briefing.

Ressa is the first Filipino recipient of the prestigious citation. She was also the first woman to receive this year’s Nobel Prize award.

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Roque congratulated Ressa, noting that the award is “a victory for a Filipina.”

“And we’re very happy for that kasi wala namang utak talangka dito sa Malacañang (because no one here in Malacañang has a crab mentality),” he said. “There is no slap [on the government] there because as everyone knows, no one has ever been censored in the Philippines.”

Roque, however, said Ressa still has to clear her name before the Philippine court.  Read More

RAPPLER’S Maria Ressa wins Nobel Peace Prize 2021

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 on Friday, October 8, in an unprecedented recognition of journalism’s role in today’s world.

Also awarded the prize was Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov .

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They won the prize “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”

Ressa has been the target of attacks for her media organization’s critical coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration and a key leader in the global fight against disinformation.

The award-giving body also acknowledged Muratov, one of the founders and the editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper Novaja Gazeta, for his decades of defending “freedom of speech in Russia under increasingly challenging conditions.”

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said the newspaper is “the most independent newspaper in Russia,” publishing critical articles on “corruption, police violence, unlawful arrests, electoral fraud and ‘troll factories,’ to the use of Russian military forces both within and outside Russia.” With Rappler

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