Press lobby asks Phillipines to let Nobel winner Maria Ressa attend ceremony

Maria Ressa

Filipino journalist Maria Ressa gestures as she speaks to the press after posting bail outside a court building Manila on March 29, 2019.

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What you need to know:

  • Ms Ressa, the founder and CEO of Philippines news site Rappler, was this year announced as the joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, alongside Dmitry Muratov.
  • Ms Ressa has been convicted on “cyber libel” charges that have left her facing up to six years in prison under Phillipines law.

Journalists around the world, including Kenya, have called on the Philippines government to allow their colleague and winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to attend the award ceremony.


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