Highlights:

  • Dmitry Muratov and Maria Ressa have been awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize
  • Ressa co-founded Rappler, a digital media company for investigative journalism
  • Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov co-founded the newspaper ‘Novaja Gazeta’ in Russia

Dmitry Muratov and Maria Ressa have been awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression”, which the Norwegian Nobel Committee defined as “a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”

Disclosing the names of the peace prize laureates, Norwegian Nobel Committee chair Berit Reiss Andersen voiced that Ressa uses freedom of expression to expose abuse of power, use of violence, and growing authoritarianism in the Philippines, which is her native country. According to reports, in 2012, Ressa co-founded Rappler, a digital media company for investigative journalism.

Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov co-founded the newspaper ‘Novaja Gazeta’ in Russia. Reportedly, it is the most independent newspaper in the country at present. The committee underscored that Muratov has for decades defended freedom of speech in Russia under “increasingly challenging conditions.”

The committee further emphasized that free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect abuse of power, lies and war propaganda. It added that freedom of expression and freedom of information are crucial prerequisites for democracy and protection against war and conflict.

The Committee remarked, “The award of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov is intended to underscore the importance of protecting and defending these fundamental rights.”

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