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2021 Nobel Peace Prize – “an extraordinary tribute to journalism,” says RSF

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2021 Nobel Peace Prize – “an extraordinary tribute to journalism,” says RSF
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is delighted that the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to two prominent and courageous journalists. This is a tribute to all those who work tirelessly for freely and independently reported news and information, RSF says.

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize is being shared by Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, the founder of the Manila-based investigative news website Rappler, and Russian journalist Dmitri Muratov, the editor of the Moscow-based independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

 

“We extend our warmest congratulations to the two winners, who embody the fight for journalistic independence,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “This prize is an extraordinary tribute to journalism and a mobilisation appeal, because this decade will be absolutely decisive for journalism. It is a powerful message at a time when democracies are being undermined by the spread of fake news and hate speech.”

 

RSF and the #HoldTheLine coalition jointly launched an unprecedented solidarity campaign for Ressa in July 2020, creating a dedicated website on which a fund-raising appeal and hundreds of videos recorded by influential figures will continue to play non-stop until the Philippine authorities drop all the charges they have brought against Ressa and Rappler.

 

Ressa is one of the 25 members of the Information and Democracy Commission that RSF created in 2018 to devise democratic safeguards for the online information and communication domain. The Declaration issued by the Commission gave rise to a Partnership for Information and Democracy which 43 governments have joined.

 

In the Forum on Information and Democracy, the entity created to help implement the Partnership’s policies, Ressa co-chaired the working group on combatting “infodemics”, which published 250 recommendations in November 2020.

 

Source – https://rsf.org/en/news/2021-nobel-peace-prize-extraordinary-tribute-journalism-says-rsf

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