Nobel Peace Prize: Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for 2021

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Nobel Peace Prize: Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to protect freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia, respectively.

Ressa is the CEO of Rappler, a news site critical of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime, and Muratov is the editor-in-chief of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

“Free, independent, and fact-based journalism protects against abuse of power, lies, and war propaganda,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, as she announced the award in Oslo on Friday.
She stated that the committee’s selection “is meant to emphasize the importance of protecting and defending these fundamental rights.”

Ressa, a former CNN bureau chief and TIME Person of the Year, has been embroiled in legal wranglings in recent years and claims she has been singled out because of her news site’s critical coverage of Duterte.

“In a democracy, we need to sound the alarm to everyone,” Ressa told CNN in 2019 about her fight for free expression. “These liberties are being eroded right in front of our eyes. There can be no truth if there are no facts.”

Story Extracted from CNN