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Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov win Nobel Peace Prize – POLITICO

Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.

Ressa, from the Philippines, and Muratov, from Russia, were praised by the Nobel committee for their efforts to safeguard the freedom of expression, “which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”

The award includes a gold medal and a cash prize of €968,000.

Maria Ressa co-founded the investigative online platform Rappler in 2012, that is known for its critical reporting about the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and his war on drugs. Before, the Manila-born Ressa spent almost two decades at CNN as the lead investigative reporter in Asia, where she ran the CNN offices in Manila and Jakarta. 

“We must do all we can to protect press freedom, which protects our democracy,” Ressa said.

Dimitri Muratov worked as the editor-in-chief at the Kremlin-critical newspaper Novaya Gazeta from 1997 to 2017. The newspaper and its employees have repeatedly been victims of violence. Eight journalists that worked for the paper have been seriously injured or murdered since 2000. 

As recently as March 2021, the editorial office was the target of a chemical attack, on the day the newspaper published a revelation about a Russian mercenary group.

Other contenders had included the Belarusian opposition activists including Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, climate change activist Greta Thunberg, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, the COVAX vaccine initiative, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, and the International Fact-Checking Network at the Poynter Institute.

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