Nobel Peace Prize 2021
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia on 8 October 2021 for their fight for freedom of expression in their respective countries. Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda.
- The Norwegian Nobel Committee is convinced that freedom of expression and freedom of information help to ensure an informed public.
- The duos were honoured for their efforts 'to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace, the chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, said.
- These rights are crucial prerequisites for democracy and protect against war and conflict.
- The award of the 2021 to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov is intended to underscore the importance of protecting and defending these fundamental rights.
- The Nobel Peace Prize will be presented on 10 Dec. 2021, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who founded the awards in his 1895 will.