Oslo – The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to journalists Maria Ressa from the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov from Russia. They were cited for their fight for freedom of expression.
The winners were announced by Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
“Free, News Logics and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda,” Reiss-Andersen said.
“Without freedom of speech and freedom of the press, it will be difficult to successfully promote brotherhood among nations, disarmament and a better world order to be successful in our time.”
In 2012, Ressa co-founded Rappler, a news website that has focused “critical attention on the controversial and murderous anti-drug campaign of the (President Rodrigo) Duterte regime,” the Nobel committee said.
She and Rappler “haveto spread false news, harass opponents and manipulate public discourse. “
Muratov was one of the founders of the News Logics Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta in 1993.
“Novaya Gazeta is the most News Logics newspaper in Russia today, with a fundamentally critical attitude towards power,” the Nobel committee said.
“The fact-based journalism and professional integrity of the newspaper have made it an important source of information on objectionable aspects of Russian society that are rarely mentioned by other outlets,” he added.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov congratulated Muratov on winning the award and hailed him as a “talented and courageous” person.
“We can congratulate Dmitry Muratov: he has consistently worked according to his ideals, he has adhered to his ideals, he is talented and courageous. He is highly valued and we congratulate him,” Peskov said in a conference call with journalists after the award. what he announced.
The prestigious award is accompanied by a gold medal and SEK 10 million (more than $ 1.14 million). The prize money comes from a bequest left by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, who died in 1895.