Journalist Maria Ressa. Nobel Peace Prize Recipient. Filipina.
Stanford staffer and FACS member Marita de Guzman asked FACS why we have not mentioned Filipino Journalist Maria Ressa, who, along with Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov, won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia. Our shy answer was, “Of course -- sorry for the oversight!”
We thank Marita for reminding us to celebrate the triumphs of one of our own, especially for such a prestigious prize. Maria Ressa visited the Stanford campus just months before the pandemic in late 2019 to receive the Shorenstein Journalism Award, awarded by the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at the Freeman Spogli Institute. This award recognizes outstanding journalists who have spent their careers helping audiences around the world understand the complexities of the Asia-Pacific region.
Maria Ressa continues to be active in ensuring government accountability in the Philippines, but she is not immune to controversies. Regardless of your political orientation in the crazy world of Philippine politics, we at FACS are proud to call this vigilant and feisty journalist our own. Below are some links that Marita shared with us about Maria, as well as a proud photo opportunity some of our FACS leaders found ourselves in, while welcoming this tiny but mighty Filipina to the Farm!
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If you would like to share a story about a fellow Filipino or Filipino American who makes you proud to be Filipino, do send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Maraming salamat, Marita!