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Nobel Peace Prize awarded to journalist Maria Ressa for efforts to safeguard freedom of expression in the Philippines

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In this Feb. 13, 2019, file photo, Maria Ressa, the award-winning head of a Philippine online news site Rappler that has aggressively covered President Rodrigo Duterte's policies, shows an arrest form after being arrested by National Bureau of Investigation agents in a libel case in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to journalists Dmitry Muratov from Russia and Maria Ressa, the founder and head of the Philippine news website Rappler, "for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression."

The Norwegian Nobel Committee singled out Ressa and Rappler for exposing what it called Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's "murderous anti-drug campaign," which has cost many thousands of lives. It also praised her for highlighting how political actors use social media to spread false information to manipulate public discussion.

Ressa was a guest on HPR's The Conversation two years ago — not long after she was named one of Time Magazine’s “Persons of the Year” for her work in fighting for press freedom.

In February 2019, she spoke with HPR’s Bill Dorman, a former colleague of hers at CNN who has also done projects in the Philippines with Rappler. She started the interview by talking about the relationship between the media in the Philippines and Duterte's government.

Listen below to her full interview with HPR's Bill Dorman from Feb. 27, 2019.

Maria Ressa on Feb. 27, 2019
Maria Ressa speaks with HPR's Bill Dorman

This segment aired on The Conversation on Oct. 8, 2021.

Bill Dorman has been the news director at Hawaiʻi Public Radio since 2011.
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