The Nobel Peace Prize 2021 has been awarded to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for his or her efforts to safeguard freedom of expression within the Philippines and Russia.
“Free, impartial, and fact-based journalism serve to guard in opposition to abuse of energy, lies, and warfare propaganda,” Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, stated as she introduced the prize in Oslo on Friday.
“With out freedom of expression and freedom of the press, will probably be troublesome to efficiently promote fraternity between nations, disarmament, and a greater world order to reach our time.”
“Maria Ressa makes use of freedom of expression to reveal abuse of energy, use of violence, and rising authoritarianism in her native nation, the Philippines,” stated Andersen.
” Dmitry has 4 a long time defended freedom of speech in Russia underneath more and more difficult circumstances,” introduced Andersen.
Ressa is the CEO of Rappler, a information outlet crucial of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime, whereas Muratov heads the impartial Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Ressa turns into the primary girl to be awarded a Nobel Prize this yr.
It’s the 102nd time the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded. Earlier winners embrace Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr, Polish dissident Lech Walesa, United Nations World Meals Programme, the Soviet Union’s final chief Mikhail Gorbachev, and 4 US presidents.