Philippine journalist Maria Ressa and Russian Dimitry Muratov, Nobel Peace Prize winners 2021

BarcelonaThe journalists Maria Ressa and Dimitry Muratov have been awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to preserve freedom of expression” in the Philippines, the former, and Russia, the latter. This was announced this morning by the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen. “They represent all journalists who stand up in defense of this idea at a time when democracy and freedom of the press are facing increasingly adverse conditions,” Reiss-Andersen stressed.

Journalist Maria Ressa, founder of the digital Rappler in the Philippines, has been known in recent years for her struggle to report on corruption and abuse by the government of Rodrigo Duterte, a job she has had to face -be harassment and threats. She and the journalists in her media have had to receive protection. Ressa, 56, was sentenced last year to six years in prison for a more than questioned crime of cyber defamation.

The head of the Nobel committee has especially highlighted the coverage that Rappler has given “to the controversial and deadly anti-drug campaign of the Duterte regime.” “The death toll is so high that it looks like a war between the government and its own people,” Reiss-Andersen stressed, and also highlighted the efforts of the Ressa-founded medium to uncover “the use of social media to to spread ‘fake news’ and to manipulate public discourse ”.

For his part, Dimitri Muratov has been the editor-in-chief of the Novaya Gazeta, the newspaper he founded in 1993 and which the Norwegian committee has defined as the “most independent newspaper” in Russia. Muratov also risks his life with his critical coverage of Vladimir Putin’s government. As Reiss-Andersen recalled, a total of six Novaya Gazeta journalists have been killed, including journalist Anna Politkovskaya, a crime that turned 15 just Thursday.

“Despite the threats, Muratov has refused to abandon the politics of his newspaper,” which has published critical articles on issues of corruption, police violence, illegal detentions, the use of factories trolls on the internet and the use of Russian military forces inside and outside the country, ”Reiss-Andersen stressed.

“Freedom of expression and the press is a prerequisite in a democratic society and democracy is the best defense it can put against war and conflict, and there is no advanced democracy without freedom of expression,” he said. remarked the head of the Norwegian cimitpe to explain the link of the awarded values ​​with the preservation of peace in the world.

Among the 329 candidates proposed this year were climate activist Greta Thunberg, the Black Lives Matter movement, the World Health Organization (WHO), Russian opponent Alexei Navalni, and Donald Trump.

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