Journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia have been awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for their heroic work championing press freedom in countries were journalists are attacked for the simple act of doing their jobs.
Ressa is the founder of the news website Rappler, which has been critical of president Rodrigo Duterte. Ressa has also been an outspoken critic of social media and how it has been used to help spread fake news, harass opponents, and manipulate public discourse in the Philippines.
Muratov was one of the founders of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which the Nobel committee called “the most independent newspaper in Russia today, with a fundamentally critical attitude toward power.”
“The newspaper’s fact-based journalism and professional integrity have made it an important source of information on censurable aspects of Russian society rarely mentioned by other media,” the Nobel Committee noted.
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