But the most important thing everyone should know about her work is that it’s about much more than the Philippines.
In other words, Ressa is fighting everyone’s fight.
A free press is a bigger part of that struggle than it has ever been.
For those of us who saw Ressa’s dogged earlier years as an international reporter for CNN, this is hardly surprising. She was CNN’s Manila bureau chief, later Jakarta bureau chief. She covered Asia with an intensity, integrity and courage that foreshadowed her stature today. It is not an overstatement to say there was no dictator, no terrorist, no coup plotter she was afraid to upset. She got the story, even if it made powerful, dangerous men angry.
Some may question whether the battle for free speech and for a free press belongs in the same category as the quest for peace, the formal objective of the Nobel Peace Prize. The answer is an unequivocal yes.
I’m glad and grateful that my friend Maria Ressa has made it this far.
Bravo, Maria and Dmitry! Bravo, and thank you.