Updated: October 11, 2021 03:55 AM GMT
Maria Ressa, co-founder and CEO of the Philippines-based news website Rappler, and Dmitry Muratov, editor-in-chief of Russia's main opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta. (Photo: AFP)
The Nobel Peace Prize was today awarded to journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia for their fight for freedom of expression in their countries.The pair were honored "for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace," said Berit Reiss-Andersen, chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee."They are representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions."
The winners of the prestigious prize, worth US$1.1 million, were announced at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo. They were chosen out of 329 candidates.
Others tipped as contenders this year included climate activist Greta Thunberg, media rights group Reporters Without Borders and global health body the World Health Organization.
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