Daily US Times: For journalist Maria Ressa, who just won Noble Peace Prize, reporting the news has always been the priority. But the Asia-based celebrated journalist says she has been forced to “become the news” simply because of her determination to do the job properly and defend the rule of law.
In an interview with CNN, Ressa, — the CEO of news site Rappler — discussed the 2022 Philippines presidential elections, which will be held in May next year. Rodrigo Duterte, who has been criticised for his human rights abuse while in office, is standing down after a single six-year term in power.
A former TIME Person of the Year, Maria Ressa has been engulfed in legal battles in recent years. The celebrated journalist says she has been targeted because of her news site’s critical reports on Duterte.
Ressa said: “I have covered this country since 1986, I’ve never been the news but the only reason I’ve become the news is because I refuse to be stamped down, I refuse to stop doing my job the way I should.”
Dhe said she thinks the rule of law is critical for any democracy because ”if you don’t have rule of law then it is a hop, skip and a jump to fascism, because then whoever is in power decides who lives and who dies, literally.”
Before co-founding the news site Rappler, the Filipino-American journalist spent nearly twenty years as a lead investigative reporter for CNN in Southeast Asia.
She shared this year’s Peace Prize with Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov, who heads the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.
The Filipino-American journalist is the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize this year.