Philippines journalist Maria Ressa and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov have won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday.
Chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen of the Norwegian Nobel Committee addressing a presser said, "Ms Ressa and Mr Muratov are receiving the Peace Prize for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia."
"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."
It may be noted, the Nobel Peace Prize will be presented on December 10, the death anniversary of the Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who founded the awards in his 1895 will.
Ressa in 2012 co-founded Rappler, a news website that has focused on critical attention on the (President Rodrigo) Duterte regime’s controversial, murderous anti-drug campaign.
She and Rappler have also documented how social media is being used to spread fake news, harass opponents and manipulate public discourse.
Muratov was one of the founders of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta in 1993.