Maria Ressa Awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize
ICM Partners is honored to represent Maria Ressa, who has been awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. She shares the prize with Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov. In a statement released by the Nobel committee, the award is given to the two “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”
Maria Ressa was an investigative reporter and CNN Bureau Chief in Southeast Asia before returning to her home country, the Philippines, and founding a digital media company, Rappler, in 2012.
Long before fake news was a familiar trope, Maria sounded the alarm for the dangers of Facebook and other social media and their complicity in the spread of misinformation and growth of authoritarianism. In 2019, Maria was indicted for the crime of “cyber-libel” for her reporting on the increasingly authoritarian regime in the Philippines, and a year later she was convicted and faces a potentially long prison term.
Her memoir, “How to Stand up to Dictators,” will be published in 2022. We are proud to work with Maria in her continuing effort to combat disinformation and in her commitment to journalistic integrity.