From the Philippines, Maria Resa is the chief executive and co-founder of the online news outlet Radepler, And Dmitry Muratov, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Russia Novaya Gazette The paper was named the 2021 winner by Berit Reiss-Andersen, president of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
“No society can be free and fair without journalists “Those who are able to investigate injustice, bring information to citizens, hold leaders accountable and speak the truth in power,” the UN chief congratulated the winners in his message.
Our biggest ally
Still Anti-media rhetoric and attacks on media workers continue to grow, Observation of top UN officials.
“We are witnessing increasing violence and harassment against journalists, both personally and online,” he said. “Women journalists are often particularly tortured”
At the same time, technology has changed the way it receives and shares information – and is regularly used to confuse public opinion or to incite violence and hatred.
In the midst of the Kovid-1 pandemic epidemic, often referring to “lies as true facts,” Mr. Guterres insisted that “it cannot become the new normal”.
“Free and independent journalism is our greatest ally in dealing with misinformation and misinformation,” he said.
“As we congratulate the award winners, Let us reaffirm the freedom of the press“Recognize the fundamental role of journalists and strengthen efforts at all levels to support an independent, free and diverse media.”
The hard fight is won
For more than three decades, Mrs. Resa has promoted freedom of the press, which has occasionally targeted her for abuse and abuse.
After revealing critical stories of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte and his drug war, the 58-year-old faces multiple criminal charges and investigations.
According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Mrs Resa has been arrested “on charges related to the practice of her profession” And subject to a series of campaigns of gender-based online abuse, threats and harassment, which at one point received an average of more than 900 hate messages on her Facebook.
Former chief investigative journalist in Asia CNN And its chief ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, Mrs. Resa was among a group of journalists named in 2018 Time magazineThe best person of the year.
Respect fallen colleagues
Dmitry Muratov’s newspaper is one of the few remaining in Russia that is highly critical of the ruling class, especially President Vladimir Putin.
It has reportedly received threats and harassment, including coverage of human rights abuses in Chechnya.
The award comes a day after the 15th anniversary of the assassination of Anna Politkovskaya, one of six murders. Novaya Gazette Journalist.
According to media reports, the 59-year-old winner was still in office: “We will continue to represent Russian journalism, which is now being suppressed.”
He was later quoted as offering the award for “those who died defending the right to freedom of speech” and Igor Domnikov, Yuri Shekochikhin, Anna Stepanovna Palitkovskaya, Nastya Baburova, Natasha Istemerov and Stas Marklev – each named for their murder. Going – saying: “This is for them”.
Pick a winner
The will comes from a will left by Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, who died in 1895, with the gold medal and the prestigious prize of more than 4 1.4 million.
Among the nominees were environmentalist Greta Thanberg, Belarusian human rights activist and Belarusian politician Svetlana Siskhanoskaya, and imprisoned Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny.
The World Health Organization (WHO), a UN-led equitable vaccine distribution initiative, was among the nominees for CoVAX and Black Lives Matter.