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Maria Ressa awarded

 Nobel Peace Prize

     Maria Ressa
 
Maria Ressa (Photo: Rappler.com)

Veteran Philippine journalist Maria Ressa will receive the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 for her “efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.” The Norwegian Nobel Committee made the announcement on Friday, October 8.

The 2021 prize was awarded jointly to Maria Ressa and Russian journalist, Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov.

“Ms Ressa and Mr. Muratov are receiving the Peace Prize for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia,” the Nobel committee said in a press release following the announcement. “At the same time, they are representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions.”

“I am speechless! Thank you so very much!” was Ressa’s immediate response when Olav Njølstad, Secretary of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, informed her of the honour in a telephone call.

“This is really for all journalists around the world,” said Ressa the following day. “We do need help on so many fronts – it is so much more difficult and dangerous to be a journalist today.”

Ressa is the first-ever Filipino to win a Nobel prize. She is also just one of 58 women to ever win the award.