The Filipino judiciary gives Maria Ressa the final “yes” to travel to Norway and receive the Nobel Peace Prize

A Philippine court of appeal on Tuesday approved journalist Maria Ressa’s application to travel to Oslo (Norway) and personally receive the Nobel Peace Prize, which was awarded this year together with Russian journalist Dimitri Muratov.

The court has given final approval to Ressa, who can stay out of the country between December 8th and 13th, although he must inform the court at any time and provide evidence of his return to the country.

The approval of the Philippine judiciary comes after the public prosecutor’s office has raised no objections within the allotted time, according to information from the newspaper ‘The Philippine Star’.

The Filipino judiciary gives Maria Ressa the final “yes” to travel to Norway and receive the Nobel Peace Prize
The Filipino judiciary gives Maria Ressa the final “yes” to travel to Norway and receive the Nobel Peace Prize

Ressa and Muratov were recognized for their work “in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press are confronted with adverse conditions”, as the Norwegian committee emphasized when naming the winners.

The Filipino judiciary had already approved a trip to Oslo for Ressa last week, but only with the aim of “attending the ceremony and picking up the award”. Rodrigo Duterte’s government opposed this trip, claiming that the journalist’s criticism of the judicial system led to fears that she might escape, “as the news portal Rappler, founded by Ressa himself, emphasized last week.

Ressa, the first person from the Philippines to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, is on parole pending review of appeals against his June 2020 conviction of “cyber defamation” in prison.

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