The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, praised the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the journalists Maria Ressa and Dimitri Muratov as a “reminder that without journalists no society can be free”.
“This recognition is a reminder that no society can be free without journalists investigating crimes and telling the truth to power,” said Guterres in a message posted on his Twitter account, congratulating the award -Winner journalists. “Freedom of the press is vital to peace, justice and human rights,” he added.
Ressa and Muratov were honored for their efforts to protect freedom of expression and independent journalism and thus also for democracy and peace.
The jury recognized their “brave struggle” in both the Philippines and Russia, but also described them as an example for journalists who work under “increasingly adverse conditions”. “Without freedom of expression and freedom of the press, it will be difficult to promote brotherhood, disarmament and a better world order,” said the Norwegian committee.
Both represent two specially named media outlets in their respective countries, as Ressa was involved in the founding of the Rappler portal in 2012, was critical of the government of Rodrigo Duterte and with actions like his “war on drugs” by the public prosecutor’s office of the international criminal law of the court ( TPI).
For his part, Muratov founded “Novaya Gazeta” in 1993, an independent newspaper that has murdered six of its journalists in the course of its history. One of these victims was Anna Politkovskaya, whose death that Thursday was exactly 15 years old.