Nobel Peace Prize 2021: Awarded to journalists Dmitry Muratov and Maria Ressa

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Journalists Dmitry Muratov and Maria Ressa were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2021.

People in power in Russia are actively promoting the idea of ​​war, and the conflict in Ukraine is now a clear possibility, said today Dmitry Muratov, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Receiving his award at Oslo City Hall, Muratov said it was common in Russia for politicians who prevented bloodshed to be considered weak, while threatening the world with war was considered “the duty of true patriots”.

Muratov, director of the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, was honored with the 2021 award along with Maria Ressa of the Philippines, co-founder of the news site Rappler, in recognition of their fight for freedom of expression.

Muratov: Journalism in Russia goes through a dark valley

“The powerful are actively promoting the idea of ​​war,” he said. “Moreover, in the minds of some crazy geopolitics, a war between Russia and Ukraine is no longer impossible.”

Muratov also said that journalism in Russia is going “through a dark valley”, with more than a hundred journalists, media outlets, human rights activists and non-governmental organizations being labeled “foreign agents”.

“In Russia this means ‘enemies of the people,'” Muratov said, referring to his award “to the entire community of investigative journalists” and to the memory of his colleagues in the Novaya Gazeta who lost their lives.

Among them is Anna Politkovskaya, who was shot and killed in the building where her Moscow apartment was located 15 years ago after provoking the Kremlin’s anger with her response to the war in Chechnya.

Ressa: Call for social media reforms

Maria Ressa reiterated her call for reform of social media platforms.

“The biggest need we have today is to transform this hatred and violence, the toxic mud that flows through our information ecosystem, prioritized by American Internet companies that make more money by spreading hatred and setting off the worst in us. “.

“For the United States, the reform or repeal of Section 230 of the law that treats social media platforms as if they were utilities.”

Ressa and Muratov are the first journalists to be honored with the Nobel Prize after the German Karl von Osiecki who won the prize in 1935 for revealing his country’s secret rearmament program.

Ressa noted in her speech that von Osiecki was never able to receive his award as he died in a Nazi concentration camp.

“By giving it to journalists today, the Nobel Committee is sending a signal for a similar historical moment, another existential point for democracy,” he said.

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