New York, 8 October 2021 (TDI): Secretary-General of the UN, António Guterres, congratulates two campaigning journalists, Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov – who were awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, 8 October 2021.
While congratulating the journalists, United Nations posted on its Twitter account that Journalists search news, investigate wrongdoing and collect information for citizens, hold leaders accountable and share truth to power; No society can be free & fair without journalists. UN Secretary-General congratulates Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov on the Nobel Peace Prize. He further added that a free press is important for peace, security, justice, human rights, and sustainable development all over the world.
“No society can be free & fair without journalists who are able to investigate wrongdoing, bring information to citizens, hold leaders accountable & speak truth to power.”@antonioguterres congratulates @mariaressa & Dmitry Muratov on #NobelPeacePrize. https://t.co/bfXBOQNIlb pic.twitter.com/xkTp3RBavE
— United Nations (@UN) October 8, 2021
Maria Ressa is from the Philippines. She is Chief Executive and co-founder of an online news outlet Rappler. Maria Ressa has been working for press freedom for over three decades.
Dmitry Muratov is from Russia. He is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta newspaper. His newspaper is known to be highly critical of the ruling elite in Russia, especially President Vladimir Putin. The newspaper has also been subject to threats and harassment, containing its coverage of human rights abuses in Chechnya.