Norway: Journalists Dmitry Muratov and Maria Resa awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2021


It happened today award of awards Peace Nobel, at Oslo City Hall, to journalists Maria Resa from the Philippines and the Dmitry Muratov from Russia, who were honored for “their courageous fight for freedom of expression” in their countries, as announced by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. “People in power in Russia are actively promoting the idea of ​​war, and the conflict in Ukraine is now a clear possibility. he stated today ο Dmitry Muratov. Maria Resa reiterated her call for reform of social media platforms.

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 Resa of the Philippines, co-founder of the news site Rappler, in recognition of their fight for freedom of expression.

“The powerful actively promote the idea of ​​war“, he said. “Moreover, in the minds of some crazy geopolitics, a war between Russia and Ukraine it is not impossible anymore “.

(AP Photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Muratov also said that the journalism in Russia passes “through a dark valley”, with over a hundred journalists, media, 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.

THE Maria Resa repeated the her appeal for reform of platforms of social media.

“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. ”.

(AP Photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko)

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

Resa and Muratov are the first journalists where are honored with the Nobel Prize after τον German Karl von Osiecki who won the award in 1935 to reveal 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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