Two Journalists whose work angered the authorities Russia and the Philippines were awarded Nobel Peace Prize on Friday (October 8th) to recognize the right to freedom of expression, which the awards committee identified as threatened worldwide.
Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov received the award “for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia“, Said the chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, at a press conference.
“At the same time, they are representatives of everyone Journalists who advocate this ideal in a world where democracy and freedom of the press are facing increasingly adverse conditions, ”she added.
The price is the first for Journalists since 1935 the German Carl von Ossietzky has been won over to unveil his country’s secret post-war program.
“Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda,” said Reiss-Andersen.
Muratov is editor-in-chief of the Russian investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which, under President Vladimir Putin, opposes the Kremlin with investigations into misconduct and corruption and reports extensively on the conflict in Ukraine.
He’s the first Russian to do that Nobel Peace Prize since the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev – who himself helped build Novaya Gazeta with the money he received from winning the award in 1990.
Ressa runs Rappler, a digital media company she co-founded in 2012 and which has become known for investigative reporting, including mass murders during a police campaign against drugs.
“I’m in shock,” Ressa told a live Rappler broadcast.
In August, a Filipino court dismissed a libel case against Ressa, one of several lawsuits brought against the journalist who alleges she was targeted because of her news site’s critical reports on President Rodrigo Duterte.
The distress of Ressa, one of several Journalists Time Magazine was named Person of the Year for Fighting Media Intimidation in 2018 and has raised international concerns about media harassment in the United States Philippines, a country that was once considered the banner bearer of press freedom in Asia.
In Moscow, Nadezhda Prusenkova, a journalist at Novata Gazeta, said Reuters staff were surprised and delighted.
“We are shocked. We didn’t know, ”said Prusenkova. “Of course we’re happy and that’s really cool.”
The Kremlin itself congratulated Muratov on the award.
“He persistently works according to his own ideals, he is devoted to them, he is talented, he is brave,” said spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
The award will give both Journalists greater international visibility and can create a new generation of Journalistssaid Dan Smith, director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
“Usually we expect that greater visibility actually means greater protection for the rights and safety of the data subjects,” he told Reuters.
the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded on December 10th, the anniversary of the death of the Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who established the prizes in his will from 1895./Euractiv