Two Journalists Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for ‘Their Efforts to Safeguard Freedom of Expression’

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Two journalists were awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, announced the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday.

Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov won the annual prize for their critical reporting in the Philippines and Russia, respectively, in what the committee called “their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression.” Both countries are known to be hostile toward the press.

Ressa became the first Filipino to win the award and the first female Nobel recipient this year.

According to the committee:

In 2012, she co-founded Rappler, a digital media company for investigative journalism, which she still heads. As a journalist and the Rappler’s CEO, Ressa has shown herself to be a fearless defender of freedom of
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