GROUPS SIGN APPEAL FOR MARIA RESSA’S ‘MOTION TO TRAVEL’
VARIOUS groups showed their support to Rappler CEO Maria Ressa by writing to the Court of Appeals and other concerned agencies to request that she be allowed to leave the country to personally accept her Nobel Peace Prize award in Oslo, Norway.
The Movement Against Disinformation and Fact Check Philippines led the campaign for Ressa, who has been convicted of cyber-libel.
She regained her temporary freedom after she posted bail.
Ressa is the first Filipino to win a Nobel.
Malacañang last week said that Ressa’s fate lies with the court.
The Ateneo de Davao University, Ateneo de Naga University College of Law, and Lyceum of the Philippines University College of Law joined appeals to allow Ressa to go to Norway.
“This occasion whereby a Filipino will be honored to receive the most prestigious international award, cannot be understated,” their statement of support read.
“Her presence in the ceremony is symbolic, urgent, and necessary,” they added.
Ressa and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov won the Nobel peace prize for their “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression.