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UNESCO awards a Filipino investigative journalist with a Freedom of the Press award

UNESCO awards a Filipino investigative journalist with a Freedom of the Press award

The United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (UNESCO), based in Paris, announced that Filipino investigative journalist Maria Risa has won the UNESCO / Guillermo Can 20 World Press Freedom Prize for the year 2021, upon the recommendation of an international jury of media professionals.

The organization stated in a statement on Tuesday that the investigations conducted by Maria Risa, 57, director of the media website “Rappler”, have faced in recent years many judicial problems, threats and online harassmentThis investigative journalist, who previously worked as a CNN reporter in Southeast Asia and is committed to defending freedom of the press, “was arrested for alleged misdemeanors related to the exercise of her profession” while “she received an average of more than ninety hate messages per hour on Facebook.

“”Maria Risa’s struggle for freedom of expression is an example to be emulated by many journalists around the world,” said the president of the international jury for the prize, Marilou Mastrogovanni.

The organization’s statement quoted the Italian investigative journalist as asserting that “her case is a good example of global trends that actually threaten the freedom of the press and thus threaten democracy.

“The award ceremony for the $ 25,000 award bearing the name of a Colombian journalist assassinated in 1986 will be broadcast on the Internet on May 2 from Windhoek, Namibia.

UNESCO organizes from April 29 to May 3 in Windhoek the “World Press Freedom Day Conference” which is celebrated on the third of May.

UNESCO said that this day should be “an occasion for professional journalists and other actors in the media sector to demand urgent measures to deal with the threats faced by independent and local media around the world that have been exacerbated by the Covid-19 epidemic.

“About forty sessions will be held during the five-day conference “to discuss a number of issues, including the transparency of electronic platforms and the importance of media and information literacy.

“The statement said that the conference “will also address ways to strengthen and support independent media that are struggling to overcome the crisis that has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic,” while “national and local media around the world are facing a weakening in their financial position and other pressures that threaten their continuity and create jobs.

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UNESCO awards a Filipino investigative journalist with a Freedom of the Press award
UNESCO awards a Filipino investigative journalist with a Freedom of the Press award