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Gordon pleased with travel grant for Nobel laureate Ressa to Norway

December 05, 2021 Press Releases
Gordon pleased with travel grant for Nobel laureate Ressa to Norway

Senator Richard J. Gordon today said he is pleased with the decision by the Court of Appeals (CA) granting Rappler CEO Maria Ressa’s petition to allow her to travel to Oslo, Norway and receive personally her Nobel Peace Prize for 2021.

Gordon, who chairs the Senate Justice and Human Rights Committee, said the CA’s decision sends a strong message to the whole world about the true state of the country’s constitutionally guaranteed freedom of expression and of the press.

“We are so pleased with the court’s decision allowing our very own Filipino Nobel laureate Maria Ressa to receive personally the Philippines’ first Nobel Peace Prize award,’” he said.

    “This global recognition is indeed a cause of celebration for our country and for all freedom-loving Filipinos.  Regardless of our political affiliation or differences, we should celebrate with her and for the causes she bravely stands for,” he added.

Last Dec. 3, the CA's Special 7th Division issued a resolution allowing Ressa to attend the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony in Oslo, Norway and participate personally in the events. 

    It junked the Office of Solicitator General’s claim that Ressa is a “flight risk” as she has demonstrated the necessity and urgency of her request to travel and receive the award with her fellow Nobel laureate Dimitry Muratov.

Ressa and Muratov are the first journalists since 1935 to be bestowed the honor for their efforts to “safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”

It may be recalled that Gordon has filed Senate Resolution (SR) 925 seeking to confer upon Ressa the Senate’s high acclamation for her historic achievement as the first Filipino to receive the prestigious 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. 

In his resolution, Gordon noted that Ressa is a woman of courage whose staunch defiance of attempts to assault the defenders of the freedom of expression and of the press emboldens the hearts and minds of many Filipinos.

    “The international recognition accorded to Maria Ressa serves both as an inspiration to journalists and a beacon of hope to ordinary citizens, that amidst the floods of misinformation and a conscious effort to mislead, the truth will always emerge by the hands of bold and undaunted members of the society,” he said.

According to him, Ressa deserves the Senate Medal of Excellence, an honor that is bestowed to those who have given pride to the country, despite the constant challenges posed against her liberty and integrity as a journalist.