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Journalists Maria Russa, Dmitry Muratov awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

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The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to journalists Maria Russa and Dmitry Muratov.

Oslo:

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to journalist Maria Russa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia for their fight for freedom of expression in their countries.

Norwegian Nobel Committee chair Berit Rees-Andersen said the pair were honored “for their efforts to protect freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”

“They are representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adversity,” she said.

In 2012, Resa, 58, co-founded Rapper, a digital media company for investigative journalism that he still heads.

Repler has “a significant focus on the controversial, murderous anti-drug campaign of the Duterte regime,” Rees-Andersen said.

Meanwhile, Muratov, 59, has defended freedom of expression in Russia for decades in increasingly challenging circumstances.

In 1993, he was one of the founders of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which the committee said has a “radically critical attitude towards power”, and has been its editor-in-chief since 1995.

“Without freedom of expression and freedom of the press, it would be difficult to successfully promote fraternity among nations, promote disarmament and a better world order to succeed in our time,” Rees-Andersen said.

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