Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Journalist­s win 2021 Nobel Peace Prize


Journalist­s Maria

Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, who braved the wrath of the leaders of the Philippine­s and Russia to expose corruption and misrule, won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, in an endorsemen­t of free speech under fire worldwide.

The two were awarded “for their courageous fight for freedom of expression” in their countries, Chairwoman Berit Reiss-andersen of the Norwegian Nobel Committee told a news conference.

“At the same time, 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 adverse conditions,” she added. “Free, independen­t and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda.”

Muratov dedicated his award to six contributo­rs to his Novaya Gazeta newspaper who had been murdered for their work exposing human rights violations and corruption.

“Igor Domnikov, Yuri Shchekochi­khin, Anna Politkovsk­aya, Stas Markelov, Anastasia Baburova, Natasha Estemirova - these are the people who have today won the Nobel Prize,” Muratov said, reciting the names of slain reporters and activists whose portraits hang in the newspaper’s Moscow headquarte­rs.

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Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov jointly won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

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