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Philippines journalist Ressa and Russian journalist Muratov win 2021 Nobel Peace Prize - ABC News

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

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov as this year's winners for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.

The pair were announced as the winners on Friday in Oslo.

"Ms Ressa and Mr Muratov are receiving the Peace Prize 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.

"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.

"Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda."

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Ms Ressa co-founded Rappler, a digital media company for investigative journalism in the Philippines.

She was named as one of Time Magazine's Persons of the Year in 2018. 

During a live broadcast by Rappler, Ms Ressa said she was stunned by the announcement.

"I am in shock," she said.

Mr Muratov is editor-in-chief of Russian investigative newspaper Novaya Gazeta, which has defied the Kremlin under President Vladimir Putin with probes into wrongdoing and corruption, and extensively covered the conflict in Ukraine.

He is the first Russian to win the Nobel Peace Prize since Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev -- who himself helped set up Novaya Gazeta with the money he received from winning the award in 1990.

In Moscow, Nadezhda Prusenkova, a journalist at Novata Gazeta, told Reuters staff were surprised and delighted.

"We're shocked. We didn't know," Ms Prusenkova said.

"Of course we're happy and this is really cool."

Meanwhile, the Kremlin also congratulated Mr Muratov.

"He persistently works in accordance with his own ideals, he is devoted to them, he is talented, he is brave,"  Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

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.

The award will give both journalists greater international visibility and may inspire a new generation of journalists, Dan Smith, director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, told Reuters.

"We normally expect that greater visibility actually means greater protection for the rights and the safety of the individuals concerned."

The UN human rights office congratulated the two journalists, saying it was "recognition of the importance of the work of journalists in the most difficult circumstances".

"Throughout the years, we've seen an increase in attacks on journalists during the COVID lockdown as well," spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani said in Geneva.

"I think I'd speak for the High Commissioner (Michelle Bachelet) when I say congratulations to all journalists out there who are doing their job to keep us informed and to amplify the voices of victims everywhere."

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.

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