However crucial factor everybody ought to find out about her work is that it is about way more than the Philippines.
In different phrases, Ressa is combating everybody’s battle.
A free press is a much bigger a part of that wrestle than it has ever been.
For these of us who noticed Ressa’s dogged earlier years as a global reporter for CNN, that is hardly shocking. She was CNN’s Manila bureau chief, later Jakarta bureau chief. She coated Asia with an depth, integrity and braveness that foreshadowed her stature at the moment. It’s not an overstatement to say there was no dictator, no terrorist, no coup plotter she was afraid to upset. She bought the story, even when it made highly effective, harmful males indignant.
Some could query whether or not the battle without spending a dime speech and for a free press belongs in the identical class as the search for peace, the formal goal of the Nobel Peace Prize. The reply is an unequivocal sure.
I am glad and grateful that my good friend Maria Ressa has made it this far.
Bravo, Maria and Dmitry! Bravo, and thanks.