Two journalists have won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021. They are Maria Resa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced the winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize from the Norwegian capital Oslo on Friday.
According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Maria and Dimitri have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of their fight for freedom of expression, one of the prerequisites for democracy and lasting peace.
This is the first time since 1935 that a journalist has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1935, German journalist Karl von Asiatsky was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
In the case of Maria, the Norwegian Nobel Committee says she is using her freedom of expression against abuse of power, violence and growing authoritarianism in her native Philippines.
In the case of Dmitry, the Norwegian Nobel Committee says he has been working to protect freedom of speech for decades amid growing challenges in his country, Russia.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee is responsible for selecting the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. All Nobel Prizes were announced in Stockholm, Sweden, but the Peace Prize was announced in Oslo, Norway. The work was done in accordance with the will of Alfred Nobel.
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020. The award was presented to the WFP in recognition of its contribution to the eradication of hunger. The previous year, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi Ahmed Ali was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019. He was awarded the prize for peace and international cooperation.