Brussels, 11 October 2021 (TDI): Josep Borell Fontelles, High Representative/Vice President of the European Union Commission, said that the European Union appreciates the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov. For their efforts to protect freedom of speech and heartily congratulate them. The EU agrees with the Nobel Committee that freedom of speech is a prerequisite for democracy and long-term peace throughout the globe.
Maria Ressa has not backed away from demonstrating her belief in facts as the foundation of truth and trust in a democracy. Her commitment to journalism, despite many continuing legal proceedings and her conviction, is an encouragement to those who believe in the value of free and independent media. Her work gives hope to people not just in the Philippines, but also in South-East Asia and across the globe.
Dmitry Muratov has spent decades supporting free journalism and free expression. His honor also recognizes the bravery and dedication of Russia’s whole community of independent journalists, who continue to work under extraordinary pressure, sometimes at the considerable personal danger.
Free press, particularly investigative reporting, is one of the most powerful weapons modern democracies have for holding governments accountable, monitoring democratic processes, combating misinformation, and persistently challenging abuse of authority, human rights abuses, and corruption.