Rappler’s Maria Ressa gets journalism award from Stanford University

Veteran journalist and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa / photo from ABS CBN

After months of silence and out of the limelight, Rappler founder Maria Ressa was awarded the 2019 Shorenstein Journalism Award from Stanford University, says ABS CBN report.

The award is said to be given to journalists who have "contributed significantly to a greater understanding of Asia through outstanding reporting on critical issues affecting the region," the private institution announced.

The university which made the announcement on May 21,said Ressa will receive the award in a ceremony in the fall.

“For decades, before she became internationally acclaimed for her brave fight to ‘hold the line,’ Maria’s work had provided deep insights into the complexities of Southeast Asia based on her nuanced knowledge, investigative skills and the ability to draw upon them to connect with audiences around the world,” said Gi-Wook Shin, director of Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. 

The embattled Rappler CEO will join previous awardees like Washington Post’s Beijing Bureau chief Anna Fifield and Wire founding editor Siddharth Varadarajan.

Last month, Ressa also received the 2019 Columbia Journalism Award "for the depth and quality of her work."

Ressa and its news website Rappler are currently facing numerous cases which include libel and tax-related charges. 

Source: ABS CBN

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