Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov have been awarded the 2021Nobel Peace prize by a Norwegian Committee for their rights in safeguarding the freedom of expression.
“The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.
Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda. The Norwegian Nobel Committee is convinced that freedom of expression and freedom of information help to ensure an informed public.
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These rights are crucial prerequisites for democracy and protect against war and conflict. 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.” Said Nobel Prize
Dmitry Muratov who is the founder of Novaja Gazeta an independent newspaper has for years defended the freedom of speech in Russia under challenging conditions.
“Novaja Gazeta’s fact-based journalism and professional integrity have made it an important source of information on censurable aspects of Russian society rarely mentioned by other media. Since the newspaper’s start, six of its journalists have been killed.
Despite the killings and threats, Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov has refused to abandon the newspaper’s independent policy. He has consistently defended the rights of journalists.” Said Nobel Prize
laureate Maria Ressa used the freedom of expression to expose abuse of power and use of violence in Philippine.
“laureate Maria Ressa uses freedom of expression to expose abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism in her native country, the Philippines. In 2012, she co-founded Rappler, Rapplerdotcom, a digital media company for investigative journalism.
As a journalist and the Rappler’s CEO, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa, Mariaressa, has shown herself to be a fearless defender of freedom of expression. Rappler has focused critical attention on the Duterte regime’s controversial, murderous anti-drug campaign.” Said Nobel Prize