Nobel Peace Prize awarded to founder of Novaya Gazeta Dmitry Muratov

Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to founder of anti-Putin newspaper Novaya Gazeta and Filipino journalist who took on Duterte in swipe at dictators

  • Russian Dmitry Muratov given the award for founding an anti-Putin newspaper
  • Novaya Gazeta has been critical of Putin, the Kremlin since it was created in 1993
  • Filipino journalist Maria Ressa received the award for her criticism of Duterte

Two journalists whose work has angered the authorities in Russia and the Philippines were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, honouring the right to free speech which the prize-giving committee described as under threat around the globe.

Russian Dmitry Muratov was given the award for founding the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta which has been critical of Putin and his predecessors in the Kremlin since it was established in 1993. 

Philippines journalist Maria Ressa was also awarded the prize for starting investigative news website Rappler which examines corruption and has exposed President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent war on drugs. 

The pair were given the award ‘for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia,’ Chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen of the Norwegian Nobel Committee told a news conference.

Russian Dmitry Muratov was given the award for founding the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta which has been critical of Putin and his predecessors in the Kremlin since it was established in 1993

‘At the same time, 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,’ she added.

The prize is the first for journalists since the German Carl von Ossietzky won it in 1935 for revealing his country’s secret post-war rearmament programme.

‘Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda,’ Reiss-Andersen said.

The Nobel Peace Prize will be presented on December 10, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who founded the awards in his 1895 will.

Philippines journalist Maria Ressa was also awarded the prize for starting investigative news website Rappler which examines corruption and has exposed President Rodrigo Duterte’s violent war on drugs

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