The Nobel Committee awards the 2021 Peace Prize to journalists from the Philippines and Russia for “efforts to protect freedom of expression”.
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 has been awarded to journalists and free speech activists Maria Ressa from the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov from Russia.
The chairman of the committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, said the assessments were made for “their efforts to protect freedom of expression, which is a prerequisite for democracy and lasting peace”.
Maria Ressa is a Filipino-American journalist and author, co-founder and CEO of Rappler, who spent nearly two decades as an investigative reporter in Southeast Asia for CNN.
In 2020 she was convicted of cyberlibel under a controversial Philippine law against cybercrime, an act widely condemned by rights groups and journalists as an attack on press freedom.
The Guardian called her a “courageous journalist” and convinced her of an action “designed to calm the media”.
Dmitry Muratov is a Russian journalist and editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, described by the Committee to Protect Journalists as “the only truly critical newspaper with national influence in Russia today”, which he edited between 1995 and 2017.
Muratov won an International Press Freedom Award in 2007 for his courage in defending press freedom in the face of attacks, threats and imprisonment.
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