Ressa gets permission to attend Nobel event
The Court of Appeals in the Philippines said on Friday that it would allow the journalist Maria Ressa to travel to Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, after the government tried to block her from attending the ceremony.
Ressa’s lawyer, Ted Te, filed the appeal last month for his client after the Philippines’ solicitor general said the journalist could not travel to Norway.
The government called her a flight risk because her “recurring criticisms of the Philippine legal processes in the international community reveal her lack of respect for the judicial system.”
Ressa was awarded the peace prize in October along with Dmitri A. Muratov, a Russian investigative journalist, for “their courageous fight for freedom of expression”.
Ressa, the first Nobel laureate from the Philippines, is the chief executive officer of Rappler, a digital news organisation that is well known for its investigations on disinformation and of President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal five-year drug war.
She is an outspoken critic of Duterte, whose government has filed seven criminal charges against her, including cyberlibel and tax evasion.