Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Two Journalists for Safeguarding Freedom of Expression

By Lorenz Duchamps

(L – R) Russian investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta’s editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov in Moscow, Russia, on Oct. 8, 2021. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters); Filipino journalist sits by the desk at her home in Manila, Philippines, on Oct. 8, 2021. (Rappler/Handout via Reuters)

The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to two journalists, Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia.

Ressa, a Philippines journalist, became the first Filipino to win the peace prize, and also the first woman to claim the prestigious award by the Nobel committee this year.

The Swedish award-giving body said in a statement announcing the winners that Ressa uses freedom of expression in her work “to expose abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism” in the Philippines.

In 2012, Ressa became the co-founder of the digital media company Rappler, which put focused critical attention on the “controversial, murderous anti-drug campaign” allegedly committed by the regime of Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte.

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