JOURNALISTS – Maria Ressa of Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia /
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 2021
The Nobel Peace Prize 2021 awarded to Journalists Maria Ressa of Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia for their “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace”.
The 2021 peace prize laureates are representative of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced through a press release on 8 October2021.
“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, a digital media company for investigative journalism, which she still heads. Dimitry Andreyevich Muratov was one of the founders of the independent newspaper Novaja Gazeta in Russia and has been critical with articles on ‘subjects ranging from corruption, police violence, unlawful arrests, electoral fraud and troll factories to the use of Russian military forces both within and outside Russia”, the Committee said.
Maria Russa has worked with CNN and is now on bail pending against a conviction in a cyber libel case.