Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov Awarded 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov, have been awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for their “courageous fight” to defend freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia.

Ressa, co-founder of the Rappler, was lauded for using journalism and to “expose abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism in her native country, the Philippines”.

“Ressa has been a fearless defender of freedom of expression” the Nobel the committee noted

Muratov, co-founder of the Russian newspaper Novaja Gazeta, for almost a querter century has defended freedom of speech in Russia under increasingly challenging conditions.

“The newspaper’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.” the Nobel organization stated

The winners of the prestigious prize, will split 10m Swedish kroner (S1.1m), were announced at the Swedish Nobel Institute.

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