Dissident journalists Maria Ressa, Dmitry Muratov awarded 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

Dissident journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov were awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression,” which the Nobel Committee described as “a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”

Ressa, who co-founded the Philippine news site Rappler in 2012, has been prosecuted for her reporting on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his government’s deadly anti-drug campaign.Muratov is the founder of Novaya Gazeta, described by the committee as “the most independent newspaper in Russia today.”

Between the lines: It’s the first time a journalist has received the Nobel Peace Prize since 1935, when Germany’s Carl von Ossietzky won the iconic award for his secret work exposing his country’s re-armament after World War I, according to Reuters.

What they’re saying: Ressa and Muratov “are representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions,” Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said in her announcement.

“Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda,” she said.

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