Journalists Maria Ressa from Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia won Nobel Peace Prize this year, honouring the right to free speech which the prize-giving committee described as under threat around the globe.
They have been awarded for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in Philippines and Russia. The journalists represent all journalists who stand for democracy and dreedom of press and face adverse situation.
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.
Ressa, who founded investigative journalism website Rappler, has focused much of her work on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial and violent war on drugs.
Muratov founded the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta in 1993 and has been its editor-in-chief for 24 years.
Last year’s prize went to the World Food Programme for its efforts to combat hunger and food insecurity around the globe.
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