Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, Nobel Prize 2021 Awardee

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On Friday, journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their work exposing authoritarianism and power abuse.

Ressa, a Filipina, co-founded Rappler, a digital media company specializing in investigative journalism, in 2012. Muratov is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of the independent newspaper Novaja Gazeta, a Russian national.

Ressa and Muratov were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace,” according to a statement from the Nobel Prize Committee.

Ressa, according to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, “uses freedom of expression to expose abuse of power, use of violence, and growing authoritarianism in her native country.”

“Journalism has never been as important as it is today,” she said after learning of the award, adding that journalists had “lost our gatekeeping powers to technology platforms” and called for nations to come together to stop the rise of misinformation.

She also stated that despite the fact that her news website faces “the possibility of closure on a daily basis,” she will continue to strive for fact-finding journalism.

“If you keep the North Star ahead of you, you protect the facts, you hold power to account. You exercise the rights that is in the Philippine Constitution. That’s what we did, and that’s what we’ll keep doing,” Ressa said.

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