Nobel Peace Prize 2021: Two journalists awarded for freedom of information

The Nobel Peace Prize announced on Friday October 8 rewarded Philippine journalist Maria Ressa and Russian journalist Dmitri Muratov "for their efforts in favor of freedom of expression, which is a prerequisite for democracy and lasting peace" . 

The Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa, head of the Philippine newspaper "Rappler" and Dmitry Muratov, who runs the Russian newspaper "Novaya Gazeta", "for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia".

“They are the representatives of all journalists who defend this ideal in a world where democracy and freedom of the press are faced with increasingly unfavorable conditions. »Can we read in a communicated. This is the first Nobel Peace Prize to recognize freedom of information.

Announcing the award, Nobel Committee chairperson Berit Reiss-Andersen said that "free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda."

Maria Ressa, is the first Filipina to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. She founded the Rappler media outlet in 2012, an online news site which "drew critical attention to the controversial and murderous anti-drug campaign of the Duterte regime," according to the committee which defines the journalist as "an intrepid defender of freedom. expression ”.

Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov has been defending “for decades freedom of expression in Russia under increasingly difficult conditions”. The committee describes its newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, as “the most independent newspaper in Russia, with a fundamentally critical attitude towards power”.

THEFrance Media Agency (AFP) reports that Maria Ressa said her Nobel Prize was intended "for all journalists in the world". She also pledged to continue her fight for press freedom.

Dmitry Muratov dedicated his award to all the journalists of Novaya Gazeta who were murdered, as revealed Amnesty International.

"Without freedom of expression and freedom of the press, it will be difficult to succeed in promoting brotherhood between nations, disarmament and a better world order to succeed in our time" concluded the Nobel committee which considers that this attribution is " firmly anchored in the provisions of Alfred Nobel's will ”.

Camille Westphal Perrier

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