November 24, 2021, 09.03 PM
Philippine Nobel Prize winning journalist Maria Ressa ruled out on Monday, November 22, going into exile over legal challenges she faces, and her lawyers urged the government of President Rodrigo Duterte to drop all charges against her. EPA via BBC INDONESIAPhilippine Nobel Prize winning journalist Maria Ressa ruled out on Monday, November 22, going into exile over legal challenges she faces, and her lawyers urged the government of President Rodrigo Duterte to drop all charges against her.

Asked about Ressa’s situation, the justice minister said the Philippines valued democracy, liberty, and human rights.

“All the cases being faced by Maria Ressa in our country have gone through the appropriate legal processes, and Ressa has always been afforded, and will continue to be afforded, all the rights under our law to defend herself and prove her innocence in a fair and impartial trial,” Menardo Guevarra told Reuters.

Amal Clooney, a human rights lawyer representing Ressa, told the news conference the government needed to decide whether to “double down on its persecution of this lone journalist” or show that it did not fear criticism and “once again is a beacon for liberty and democracy around the world.”

Ressa has requested government approval to travel to Norway to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on December 10.

Source: Reuters

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