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Nobel Peace Prize winner Maria Rassa dedicates award to all journalists



Maria Rassa said she hopes the award will provide a protective shield against attacks and threats. (AFP)

Veteran Philippine journalist Maria Rasa said on Saturday that her Nobel Peace Prize was for “all journalists around the world” as she vowed to continue her fight for press freedom.

“It really is for all the journalists around the world,” Ressa, an outspoken critic of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, told AFP in an interview.

“We need help on many fronts – being a journalist today is much more difficult and dangerous.”

Russa, co-founder of news website Rapper, and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their efforts to “protect freedom of expression”.

Philippine press groups and rights activists hailed Ranka’s award as one of the world’s most dangerous countries for journalists as a “win”.

Since Duterte came to power in 2016, Ressa and Rappler have followed what media advocates say has been a grinding series of criminal charges, investigations and online attacks.

Duterte has called the rapper a “fake news outlet”, and Ressa has been the target of abusive messages online.

Resa, 58, said he hopes the award will provide him and other journalists in the Philippines a protective shield against physical attacks and online threats.

“This ‘we against them’ was never the creation of journalists, it was the creation of people in power who wanted to use a kind of leadership that divides society,” Resa said, describing the award as “adrenaline.” of like a shot”.

“I hope it allows journalists to do their jobs well without fear.”

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