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World Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov win 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

13:05  08 october  2021
13:05  08 october  2021 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Journalists from Philippines, Russia given Nobel Peace Prize

  Journalists from Philippines, Russia given Nobel Peace Prize OSLO (AP) — The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia. They were citing for their fight for freedom of expression. The winners were announced Friday by Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. AP’s earlier story follows below. OSLO (AP) — The winner of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize is being announced Friday, an award intended to honor an individual or organization that has “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations.”The Norwegian Nobel Committee will announce the recipient in Oslo at about 11 a.m. (0900 GMT; 5 a.m. EDT).

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

The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which is responsible for selecting the Nobel Peace Prize recipients each year, decided to award this year's prize to both Ressa, of the Philippines, and Muratov, of Russia, "for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace."

  Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov win 2021 Nobel Peace Prize © Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo, File

Along with the notoriety and a gold medal, they will receive a cash award of 10 million Swedish krona, or about $1.14 million.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Ressa and Muratov for being "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."

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

  Nobel Peace Prize goes to journalists Maria Ressa, Dmitry Muratov for work on freedom of expression The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression. The Nobel committee praised Ressa and Muratov for "their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia.""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," it said in a press release following the announcement on Friday.

"Maria Ressa uses freedom of expression to expose abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism in her native country, the Philippines," the committee said in a statement Friday. "Dmitry Muratov has for decades defended freedom of speech in Russia under increasingly challenging conditions."

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Members of the press have been recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize since as early as 1907, when Italian journalist Ernesto Teodoro Moneta won "for his work in the press and in peace meetings, both public and private, for an understanding between France and Italy." The prize that year was also given to French jurist Louis Renault "for his decisive influence upon the conduct and outcome of the Hague and Geneva Conferences."

Why Dmitry Muratov's Nobel Peace Prize Matters for Russia's Journalists

  Why Dmitry Muratov's Nobel Peace Prize Matters for Russia's Journalists Muratov is founder and editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, which has reported extensively on government corruption in RussiaMuratov has less of an international profile than Filipino journalist Ressa, who was one of the “Guardians” of the free press TIME named as Person of the Year in 2018, but journalists and critics of the Russian government have widely welcomed his selection.

Last year's Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the World Food Program, the food-assistance branch of the United Nations, "for its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict."

Peace was the fifth and final prize category that Swedish inventor and scholar Alfred Nobel mentioned in his last will and testament. He left most of his fortune to be dedicated to the series of awards, the Nobel Prizes.

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded annually to "the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses," as described in Nobel's will.

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All Nobel Prizes are awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, except for the Nobel Peace Prize, which is presented in Oslo, Norway.

To date, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate is Malala Yousafzai, who was 17 years old when awarded the 2014 Peace Prize. Of the 107 individuals awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, just 17 are women.

Only one person has declined the Nobel Peace Prize: Vietnamese politician Le Duc Tho, who was awarded the prize in 1973 with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger for negotiating the Vietnam peace agreement.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

Philippine Government Denies Crimes Against Journalists After Maria Ressa Wins Nobel Prize .
"There is no slap there because as everyone knows, no one has ever been censored in the Philippines," a government spokesman said in a news conference.But leadership brushed off the idea that her win was a slap on the Duterte administration, which Ressa has sharply criticized. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Ressa, who co-founded the Rappler online newspaper that documented the government's brutal, bloody crackdown on drug users, has convictions of cyber libel and faces other criminal charges for her reporting.

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