The journalists Dmitry Muratov, from Russia, and Maria Ressa, from Philippines, were rewarded on the morning of Friday October 8th, with the Nobel Peace Prize 2021, for their "brave fight for expression freedom".
Ressa has focused in the anti drugs criminal campaign of Philippines' President. In the other hand, Maratov has been informing for 27 years in his newspaper censored topics by the Russian Government.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.#NobelPrize #NobelPeacePrize pic.twitter.com/KHeGG9YOTT
— The Nobel Prize (@NobelPrize) October 8, 2021
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This is the first time that the Nobel Peace Prize acknowledges freedom of expression and information, the price was given by the Norwegian Committee, who stated that journalists have used freedom of expression "to show the abuse of power, violence and authoritarianism".
"They represent every journalists who defend this ideal in a world where democracy and press freedom are in very critical circumstances and harder than before", expressed Berit Reiss-Andersen, President of the Norwegian Committee.
Maria Ressa is currently 58 years old, has Filipina and American nationalities, and studied at Princeton University. On April 2021 won The UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize.
She has also worked as a correspondent for CNN in South Asia for 20 years, where she specialized in terrorism and researching links between Al Qaeda with activists of the region.
In 2012, she created the news site Rapple, where she publishes her multimedia investigations, informing with a critical vision about President Rodrigo Duarte. Due to this, she has faced many judicial processes.
Dmitry Muratov is 59 years old, and is related to Novaya Gazeta, his news portal, which has also been nominated different times for the Nobel Prize.
In 1993, he lead a group of journalists that abandoned the newspaper Komsomólskaya Pravda, two years after the Soviet disintegration. His purpose was to create a new journalism, focused on the new democratic lines that emerged in Russia.
His media outlet became an important censored information provider, in a society where any other media talks about it or around the world. Even, since its foundation, six journalist have been killed, for this reason, Muratov dedicated this prize to everyone who worked and works as a journalist.
Translated by: Luba Michelle García Vega