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The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines congratulates fellow journalist Maria Ressa for winning the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 with Dmitry Muratov of Novaja Gazeta in Russia.

Ressa, CEO and president of Rappler, is the first Filipino individual recipient of the prestigious award.

This prize is not only a recognition of their work but of the importance of freedom of the press and of expression in their countries and throughout the world.

We commend them for defending these freedoms in increasingly challenging conditions — in Ressa’s case, these challenging conditions have included a raft of cases and legal proceedings — and are proud to be in the community of independent journalists ready to hold the line with them.

We hope this award will shine more light on those who put the spotlight on the truth at a time when basic freedoms and democracy are under attack.

National Directorate