Philippine Nobel Prize-winning journalist Maria Ressa was acquitted of tax evasion charges on Wednesday. He termed the verdict as a victory of ‘truth’ in the midst of many politically motivated complaints for a long time. News AFP.

In 2021, he received the Nobel Prize jointly with Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov. Currently, there are three other cases against him, including a conviction in a cyber defamation case. It can also result in a jail term of at least seven years.

A tearful and defiant Ressa told reporters outside a Manila courtroom, ‘Today, facts have won, truth has won’.

Prosecutors failed to prove ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ that Ressa and Rappler Holdings Corporation paid the outstanding income tax, the tax court said.

After the verdict on Wednesday, Ressa said the charges were politically motivated. We have been able to prove that Rappler is not a tax evader.

The 59-year-old journalist is battling multiple cases. Media advocates said the case was filed against Resa because of her vocal criticism of former President Rodrigo Duterte and his drug war.

Ressa and Muratov were awarded the 2021 Nobel Prize for their efforts to ‘defend freedom of expression’.

In a statement, Rappler said, ‘An adverse decision would have had a far-reaching impact on both the press and capital markets… With you we will continue to #holdtheline.’

The slogan was used to symbolize their fight for freedom of the press.

(January 18)