We salute journalists speaking truth to power

At explain.co.za we’re passionate about news because we know it’s under attack in an age of misinformation and failing business models. That’s why it’s so gratifying that amazing Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and her Russian counterpart Dmitry Muratov won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize! 🙌🏽 It’s the first time working journalists have won the award since 1935!  The Norwegian Nobel Committee commended the two for their efforts to “safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace”. In 2012 Ressa co-founded Rappler, a digital investigative journalism outfit that fights misinformation at its source – social media. 

In a recent podcast interview, Ressa said Rappler “was a way to imagine what technology in journalism would look like if we wanted to use the social media platforms to build communities of action”. 

Ressa is a thorn in the side of the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte because of her fearless exposés of his regime’s violent rule and use of misinformation on Facebook. She has been served with 10 arrest warrants in less than two years and has been the target of a vicious social media hate campaign. 😯

Journalism, at its best, can make the world a better, fairer place. We salute Ressa, Muratov and all the other journalists speaking truth to power against outrageous odds. Thank you for reminding us why we do what we do.🙌

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 28 October 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.