Philippines journalist Maria Ressa and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov were named the winners of the prize for their dedication to fighting for the freedom of expression
Two journalists have been announced as the winners of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for their dedication to fighting for the freedom of expression.
Philippines journalist Maria Ressa and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov were named the winners of the prestigious prize today.
Chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen of the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced today: “Ms Ressa and Mr Muratov are receiving the Peace Prize for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia.
“At the same time, they are representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press confront increasingly negative conditions.”
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She additional: “Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of strength, lies and war propaganda.
“Without freedom of expression and freedom of the press, it will be difficult to successfully promote fraternity between nations, disarmament and a better world order to succeed in our time.”
Ms Ressa co-established Rappler in 2012, a news website that has focused “basic attention on the (President Rodrigo) Duterte regime’s controversial, murderous anti-drug campaign”.
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The Nobel committee said Ms Ressa and Rappler “have also proven how social media is being used to spread fake news, harass opponents and manipulate public discourse”.
Ms Ressa told Norway’s TV2 channel that “the government (of the Philippines) will clearly not be happy”.
She additional: “I’m a little shocked. It’s really emotional.
“But I am happy on behalf of my team and would like to thank the Nobel committee for recognising what we are going by.”
Mr Muratov was one of the founders of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta in 1993.
The committee said: “Novaya Gazeta is the most independent newspaper in Russia today, with a fundamentally basic attitude towards strength.
“The newspaper’s fact-based journalism and specialized integrity have made it an important source of information on censurable aspects of Russian society rarely mentioned by other media.”
The Nobel committee noted that since the set afloat of Novaya Gazeta, six of its journalists have been killed, including Anna Politkovskaya, who covered Russia’s bloody conflict in Chechnya.
The Kremlin also extended their congratulations to Mr Muratov, despite the fact his Novaya Gazeta newspaper is often criticised by Russian authorities.
Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman, told reporters: “We can congratulate Dmitry Muratov.
“He persistently works in accordance with his own ideals, he is concentrated on them, he is talented, he is brave.”
This is the first time journalists have been awarded the prize since 1935 when German Carl von Ossietzky won it for revealing his country’s secret post-war rearmament programme.
The official prize will be presented on December 10, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who established the awards in his 1895 will.
The prize was awarded for the people or organisation who had “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations”.
The prestigious award is accompanied by a gold medal and 10 million Swedish kronor (£836,000).
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