Journalists awarded Nobel Peace Prize
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by Deniel Floria
The Philippines’s Maria Ressa and Russia’s Dmitry Muratov were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, an award given to the most impactful persons in their respective fields, on Oct. 8, 2021, signaling the need to safe keep the freedom of expression in democracies around the world.
Both countries face oppression on journalistic freedom, where Rappler and Novaya Gazeta are in the front lines on holding the line for their respective governments. The political climate in these countries–the Philippines’s upcoming 2022 elections and the rule of Vladimir Putin in Russia–had always made it hard for journalists to stick to their principle when affairs become a matter of life and death.
While the pressure continues, the award serves a significant purpose in raising awareness in the countries mentioned above and protecting journalism in democracies.