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Journalists Wins Nobel Prize For Standing Up For Freedom Of Expression

BP World Bureau | Oct 09 2021 09:26:16 AM
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Nobel Prize for Peace has been awarded to two journalists, who have been running independent news organisations, for standing up for freedom of expression. 

Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia received the Prize for their courageous fight. 

They had been running their organisation in their respective countries even under death threats. 

Nobel committee said that freedom of expression and freedom of information help to ensure an informed public.

Christophe Deloire, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) secretary general, called the Prize an extraordinary tribute to journalism.

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Maria Ressa is an investigative journalist. She co-founded Rappler, a digital media platform for investigative journalism, in 2012.

Under Ressa, Rappler gave undivided attention to President Rodrigo Duterte regime’s controversial, murderous anti-drug campaign.

Rappler documented how social media is being used to spread fake news, harass opponents, and manipulate the public.

Ressa is the author of 'Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaeda’s Newest Center,' and 'From Bin Laden to Facebook: 10 Days of Abduction, 10 Years of Terrorism.'

Dmitry Muratov had defended freedom of speech in Russia. Russia has ranked 150 in the RSF’s 2021 World Freedom Index during the regime of Vladimir Putin.