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Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Two Journalists for Defending Freedom of Expression

Press Release
Release date: 11 October 2021

The Chartered Institute of Journalists praises two journalists, Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, who have been honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize for their ‘courageous fight’ to defend freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia.

Institute President, Professor Tim Crook, said: “This year’s Nobel Peace Prize highlights the courageous work of all journalists who face persecution and sends a message of hope and support to journalists in peril everywhere in the world.”

The Institute sends many congratulations to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov.

He added: “This global declaration makes history by emphasising how crucial critical and investigative journalism is to keep democracy and freedom alive in countries where they are under threat.”

The Institute has kept a close vigil on journalists in Russia and the Philippines for many years.

Professor Crook said, “We are delighted that the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to these two journalists. Such positive action makes it clear that peace is dependent upon the safeguarding of ‘freedom of expression and a precondition for any democracy.”

He concluded: Professional journalism, whereby an independent media can hold unreasonable powers to account because of its right to freedom of expression, is imperative for lasting peace.

See media release on Nobel Peace Prize 2021