Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratovs

The award was established in 1901 by Alfred Nobel to commemorate his deceased brother. This year’s recipient is Maria Ressa, a journalist from Philippines, and Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief at Russia’s Novaya Gazeta.

Ressa has been an advocate of democracy in Southeast Asia for more than two decades, said Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.She has shown uncommon courage in her reporting on human rights violations in several countries and is a role model for many journalists.

Maria Ressa has devoted her life to promoting and defending democracy in Southeast Asia, said Berit Reiss Andersen, Chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, at the presentation of the award. Her consistent aim has been to achieve change. She has foreseen dangerous developments in various countries that have often led to serious violations of human rights. Her strong commitment, including in the face of death threats, has inspired many others.

Maria Ressa, who is currently Chief Executive Officer and Executive Editor of Rappler Inc. began her career as a journalist during the final years of authoritarian rule in the Philippines. She was one of few journalists left in Manila after the Marcos regime came to an end in 1986.

She has shown uncommon courage in her reporting on human rights violations in several countries and is a role model for many journalists, said Reiss Andersen.

Maria Ressa has devoted her life to promoting and defending democracy in Southeast Asia, said Reiss-Andersen at the presentation of the award. Her consistent aim has been to achieve change. She has foreseen dangerous developments in various countries that have often led to serious violations of human rights. Her strong commitment, including in the face of death threats, has inspired many others.

Dmitry Muratov was described as an investigative journalist who belongs to a small group of people who work selflessly, under difficult conditions, in order to ensure that information reaching the public can be trusted. He is a role model for many journalists.

Dmitry Muratov has demonstrated how much one person’s engagement can achieve when combined with great courage and determination. He is an important figure in one of Russia’s major media outlets, who has worked tirelessly to expose serious human rights violations. He has also founded an important social movement in support of freedom of expression and freedom of information. Both laureates have paid a high price for their engagement.