Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov win the Nobel Peace Prize

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Journalists Maria Russa and Dmitry Muratov have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

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The Norwegian Nobel Committee stated that their fight for freedom of expression was vital to the promotion of peace.

Announcing the winners in Oslo on Friday, committee chairman Berit Rees-Andersen said: “Granthshala, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and propaganda of war,” said Berit Rees-Andersen. , said the chairman. Committee.

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“Without freedom of expression and freedom of the press, it would be difficult to successfully promote brotherhood among nations, to promote disarmament and a better world order to succeed in our times.”

Ms Resa is a prominent reporter in the Philippines who co-founded Rappler, a news website that “has a serious focus on the controversial, murderous anti-drug campaign of the (President Rodrigo) Duterte regime,” the Nobel committee said.

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She and the rapper have also documented “how social media is being used to spread fake news, harass opponents and manipulate public discourse”.

Mr. Muratov was one of the founders of the independent Russian newspaper nova gazzetta in 1993.

The Nobel Committee noted that the publication had a “fundamentally critical attitude towards power”, adding: “The newspaper’s fact-based journalism and professional integrity have made it an important source of information on censorable aspects of Russian society.” Which is rarely mentioned by other media.”

also noted that since the launch of nova gazzettaSix of its journalists, including Anna Politkovskaya, who covered Russia’s bloody conflict in Chechnya, have been killed.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov hailed Muratov as a “talented and brave” man.

Responding to the announcement, Ms Rasa told Norway’s TV2 channel that “the government (of the Philippines) clearly would not be happy”.

“I’m a little surprised. It’s really emotional,” she said. “But I am pleased on behalf of our team and want to thank the Nobel Committee for recognizing what we are doing.”

Additional reporting by The Associated Press

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