Philippine court allows Maria Ressa’s trip to receive Nobel prize

An appeals court in the Philippines has allowed journalist Maria Ressa to travel to Oslo next week to personally accept her Nobel Peace Prize for 2021.

Ressa, the CEO of the Manila-based news website, Rappler, was awarded the prestigious prize alongside Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov over their work in fighting misinformation and the spread of fake news on social media.

Because of several pending cases, including a cyber-libel conviction, brought against her and her news organisation under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, Ressa is required to ask for special permission from the court every time she travels abroad.

In a resolution issued on Friday afternoon, the Court of Appeals granted Ressa’s motion to leave the country on December 8 to attend the awarding ceremony in Norway’s capital on December 10. It directed Ressa to return to the country by December 13.

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