New Delhi: The Nobel Prize for Peace 2021 was awarded to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.
The Nobel Prize’s official twitter page tweeted the announcement: “The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”
The Nobel Prize further tweeted that Dmitry Muratov has for decades defended freedom of speech in Russia under increasingly challenging conditions. In 1993, he was one of the founders of the independent newspaper Novaja Gazeta.
The Press Release about Maria Ressa stated ‘Maria uses freedom of expression to expose abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism in her native country, the Philippines. In 2012, she co-founded Rappler, a digital media company for investigative journalism.’
Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov 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, the Press Release further added.
On Thursday, Tanzanian author Abdulrazak Gurnah won the 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature. “The 2021 Nobel Prize in Literature is awarded to the novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah “for his uncompromising and compassionate penetration of the effects of colonialism and the fate of the refugee in the gulf between cultures and continents,” tweeted the award-giving organization.