Nobel Peace Prize’s Maria Ressa: a US Citizen Funded by the US Government

October 11, 2021 (The New Atlas) – Maria Ressa – awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – is promoted by the Western media as a heroic, brave, independent journalist standing up to the government of the Philippines and its president, Rodrigo Duterte.

What is left buried in articles about Maria Ressa is that she’s actually an American citizen funded by the US government through the National Endowment for Democracy and her media platform – Rappler – is a purveyor of anti-China rhetoric serving US interests at the cost of the Philippines’ own best interests. 

The ultimate irony of Ressa winning a “peace prize” is that Rappler’s propaganda aims at stirring up conflict – not avoiding it – but considering the politically-motivated nature of the Nobel Peace Prize in recent years, Ressa’s winning it comes as little surprise. 

References: 

CNN – Nobel winner Maria Ressa vows to fight for facts and the rule of law (mentions her as a former CNN bureau chief):
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/10/08/media/maria-ressa-nobel-peace-prize-interview-intl/index.html

Who Funds & Supports Rappler? 

US National Endowment for Democracy (NED) – Philippines 2020:
https://www.ned.org/region/asia/philippines-2020/
Rappler – U.S. should resist Maria Ressa verdict – Washington Post (mentions Maria Ressa is a US citizen, 2020):
https://www.rappler.com/nation/united-states-should-resist-maria-ressa-verdict-washington-post
NED – FORUM Q&A: MARIA RESSA ON DIGITAL DISINFORMATION AND PHILIPPINE DEMOCRACY IN THE BALANCE:
https://www.ned.org/forum-qa-maria-ressa-on-digital-disinformation-and-philippine-democracy-in-the-balance/
Rappler – The Rappler Story:
https://www.rappler.com/about/rappler-story-independent-journalism-impact
International Press Institute – Journalism takes centre stage in Vienna at the 2021 IPI World Congress:
https://ipi.media/journalism-takes-centre-stage-in-vienna-at-the-2021-ipi-world-congress/
IPI 2021 Speakers: https://ipiwoco2021.sched.com/directory/speakers
IPI 2021 Partners/Sponsors: https://ipiwoco2021.sched.com/directory/sponsors

What is the US government getting for their money? 

Harvard University’s Atlas of Economic Complexity – Philippines Exports/Imports by Partner (2019):
https://atlas.cid.harvard.edu/explore?country=174&product=undefined&year=2019&productClass=HS&target=Partner&partner=undefined&startYear=undefined
Rappler – Carpio refutes Duterte, says Hague tribunal heard China’s position (example of US-funded Rappler toeing US State Department line in regards to South China Sea):
https://www.rappler.com/nation/carpio-says-false-tribunal-west-philippine-sea-did-not-hear-china-side
Rappler – Duterte still defeatist towards China on West Philippine Sea issue:
https://www.rappler.com/nation/duterte-still-defeatist-china-west-philippine-sea-sona-2021
Rappler – IN CHARTS: How Duterte’s love affair with China shaped the PH economy:
https://www.rappler.com/business/charts-how-duterte-love-affair-china-shaped-philippine-economy
Rappler – Lorenzana: Ex-China envoy told me, ‘Please do not touch’ PH-US military treaty:
https://www.rappler.com/nation/lorenzana-says-ex-china-envoy-told-not-touch-philippines-united-states-military-treaty
Rappler – [OPINION] Why you should vote for a Duterte in 2022 (‘If you want to witness foreigners continue to illegally claim parts of Philippine territory and violate our sovereignty…you should vote for a Duterte’):
https://www.rappler.com/voices/imho/opinion-why-you-should-vote-duterte-2022
Rappler – [ANALYSIS] Between justice and diplomacy: What is the ASEAN for? (South China Sea):
https://www.rappler.com/voices/imho/analysis-between-justice-diplomacy-what-asean-for
Rappler – [OPINION] China’s game of Go (another anti-China rant):
https://www.rappler.com/voices/imho/opinion-china-game-go
Rappler – [OPINION] Doubling down on deterrence in the West Philippine Sea:
https://www.rappler.com/voices/imho/opinion-doubling-down-deterrence-west-philippine-sea

Who is the NED? 

US NED – Board of Directors:
https://www.ned.org/about/board-of-directors/
Guardian – US diplomat convicted over Iran-Contra appointed special envoy for Venezuela: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/26/elliott-abrams-venezuela-us-special-envoy
US NED – Scott Carpenter (direct involvement in the US occupation of Iraq, 2003-2004):
https://www.ned.org/experts/scott-carpenter/
US National Democratic Institute (NDI) – 2017 DEMOCRACY DINNER EXPLORES THE GLOBAL THREAT OF DISINFORMATION:
https://www.ndi.org/our-stories/2017-democracy-dinner-explores-global-threat-disinformation
60 Minutes – Punishing Saddam (Madeleine Albright, NDI chair, claims it was “worth it” when asked about the cost of 500,000 dead Iraqi children killed by US sanctions):
https://vimeo.com/63097068

Aiding and abetting former colonialists

US State Department, Office of the Historian – A Guide to the United States’ History of Recognition, Diplomatic, and Consular Relations, by Country, since 1776: Philippines (colonized by the US from 1898-1946, 48 years following 330+ years of Spanish colonization):
https://history.state.gov/countries/philippines#:~:text=The%20United%20States%20recognized%20the%20Republic%20of%20the%20Philippines%20as,1946%2C%20when%20President%20Harry%20S.&text=The%20United%20States%20and%20the,previously%20been%20under%20American%20sovereignty.
Reuters – U.S. returns bells looted after Philippine wartime massacre (2018):
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-philippines-usa-bells-idUSKBN1OA09N
Rappler – Fast Facts: Balangiga Massacre:
https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/things-to-know-balangiga-massacre