On Friday, journalists Maria Ressa from the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov from Russia, were awarded with the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said that freedom of expression is vital to promote peace and protect against war.
Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairman of the committee said, “Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda,” she further added, “Without freedom of expression and freedom of the press, it will be difficult to successfully promote fraternity between nations, disarmament and a better world order to succeed in our time.”
Dmitry Muratov and Maria Ressa are given Nobel price 2021 “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression”, which the Norwegian Nobel Committee called a “precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”
The Noble committee said, Ms Ressa in 2012 co-founded Rappler, a news website that has focused “critical attention on the (President Rodrigo) Duterte regime’s controversial, murderous anti-drug campaign.”
She and Rappler “have also documented how social media is being used to spread fake news, harass opponents and manipulate public discourse.” Reacting to the news, Ms Ressa told Norway’s TV2 channel that “the government (of the Philippines) will obviously not be happy.” “I’m a little shocked. It’s really emotional,” she added. “But I am happy on behalf of my team and would like to thank the Nobel Committee for recognizing what we are going through.”
In 1993, independent newspaper of Russia Novaya Gazeta’s founder was Mr Muratov. The Nobel committee said, “Novaya Gazeta is the most independent newspaper in Russia today, with a fundamentally critical attitude towards power.”
According to committee, Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov, a Russian journalist is the co-founder of the newspaper Novaja Gazeta. It is most independent newspaper in the country today. The committee said that Murato has for decades defended freedom of speech in Russia under “increasingly challenging conditions.”
Important questions regarding corruption, electoral fraud and “troll factories” were published were the Russian newspaper.
The committee said, “The award of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov is intended to underscore the importance of protecting and defending these fundamental rights.”
Maria Ressa is the co founder of a digital media that performs investigative journalism. Name of the company is Rappler. Ressa layed her focused on the controversy of President of Philippine, Rodrigo Duterte’s, “war on drug” campaign that has claimed thousands of lives.