Nobel Peace Prize awarded to two overseas journalists

Ressa is CEO of Rappler, a Philippine information outlet and frequent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s regime. Muratov is the editor and co-founder of unbiased Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

In its statement announcing the winners, the Nobel committee referred to as Ressa a “a fearless defender of freedom of expression” and cited Rappler for its consideration on the Duterte regime’s controversial, murderous anti-drug marketing campaign, in addition to how social media is getting used to unfold pretend information, harass opponents, and manipulate public discourse.

Rappler posted video of Ressa’s response to the win.

Muratov has been the editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta for twenty-four years, which the Nobel committee described as “an necessary supply of data on censurable features of Russian society hardly ever talked about by different media.” Six of the paper’s journalists have been killed due to their work over time, and the committee hailed Muratov for refusing to abandon the paper’s unbiased coverage regardless of many threats.

The committee mentioned in its assertion that awarding the two journalists this prize is “supposed to underscore the significance of defending and defending these basic rights.”