2021 Nobel Peace Prize - an encouragement to defenders of freedom of expression, all over the world.
Nobel peace prize 2021 goes to brave journalists Ms Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Mr. Dmitry Muratov of Russia.
On behalf of the Voice for Justice World Forum, we would like to welcome this great news.
Our congratulations to Ms. Maria Ressa and Mr. Dmitry Muratov for their brave and relentless efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.
Both journalists won the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for fighting for Press freedom. Both braved the wrath of the leaders of the Philippines and Russia to expose corruption and misrule.
We in Voice for Justice believe that awarding of Nobel peace prize to them for fearless investigative reporting will encourage many such brave journalists across the globe and will help shape a fairer world for all.
We believe Ms. Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Mr. Dmitry Muratov of Russia are representatives of all journalists who stand up for the truthful, fair and independent journalism in a world in which democracy and freedom of the press face increasingly adverse conditions such as brutal oppression, state sponsored threats, abduction and murders.
This award for peace will reinforce the fact that free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect people against abuse of power and lies.
Mr. Dmitry Muratov cofounded the independent newspaper ‘Novaja Gazeta’ and had been its Editor for 24 years and had for decades defended freedom of speech in Russia under increasingly threatening conditions.
Mr. Muratov dedicated his award to six contributors to his Novaya Gazeta newspaper who had been murdered for their work exposing human rights violations and corruption.
Ms. Maria Ressa cofounded the news site ‘Rappler’ in 2012, used freedom of expression to expose abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism in her native country, the Philippines. Rappler, is a digital media company for investigative journalism, which she heads. As a journalist and the Rappler’s CEO, Ms. Ressa has shown herself to be a fearless defender of freedom of expression. Rappler has focused critical attention on the Duterte regime’s controversial, murderous anti-drug campaign. The number of deaths is so high that the campaign resembles a war waged against the country’s own population. Ms. Ressa and Rappler have also documented how social media is being used to spread fake news, harass opponents and manipulate public discourse.
Dr. Hasanat M. Husain MBE
Mr. Hasan Mahmud
Barrister Naz Khasru
On behalf of
9 October 2021