The Nobel Prize

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Philippine Star

Many Filipinos are now cheering for Maria Ressa, co-founder and CEO of Rappler, the country’s news website, because she was awarded the much-coveted Nobel Peace Prize, along with Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov. One newspaper echoed the general sentiment in its editorial headline, shouting, “A thousand cheers for Maria Ressa.” As a compatriot, I would have joined the others in heaping praise on Ressa. But Ressa’s claim to fame – that she’s being persecuted by the Duterte government, the supposed proof of which is that she was convicted by a Manila court – is just not true. There is no persec…

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