Nobel Peace Prize goes to journalists Maria Ressa, Dmitry Muratov for work on freedom of expression

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – JUNE 15: Maria Ressa, editor and CEO of Rappler, leaves a regional trial court after being convicted for cyber libel on June 15, 2020 in Manila, Philippines.

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The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression.

Ressa is the founder, CEO and executive editor of Rappler, an online news outlet covering the policies and actions of President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime in the Philippines.

Muratov is editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, a Russian newspaper that publishes critical coverage of the Kremlin. Novaya Gazeta, founded by Muratov in 1993, is renowned for in-depth exposes of power abuses, human rights abuses and corruption under the Russian regime.

Both Ressa and Muratov have faced attempts by their respective governments to silence their publications.

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