October 9, 2021, 12.01 AM
FILE - A combo of file images of Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitry Muratov, left, and of Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa. On Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia for their fight for freedom of expression. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel and Aaron Favila, File) AP PHOTO/MIKHAIL METZEL & AARON FAVILAFILE - A combo of file images of Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitry Muratov, left, and of Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa. On Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia for their fight for freedom of expression. (AP Photo/Mikhail Metzel and Aaron Favila, File)

What has been the reaction?

In comments carried by news agency TASS, the veteran journalist Muratov said: “I can’t take credit for this. This is Novaya Gazeta’s. It is that of those who died defending the right of people to freedom of speech.”

Responding to her win, Ressa said that it illustrated how “nothing is possible without facts.”
The Kremlin was among the first to congratulate one of its strongest critics. Muratov “persistently works in accordance with his ideals, he is devoted to them, he is talented, he is brave,” said spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

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“A world without facts means a world without truth and trust,” she said on a Rappler livestream.

Reporters Without Borders welcomed the news with “joy”, and said the win was a “call for mobilization to defend journalism.”

Christophe Deloire, secretary-general of the advocacy group, added, however, that the decision also showed an urgency because "journalism is in danger, journalism is weakened, journalism is threatened... all over the world."

Praise for Muratov

Roman Dobrokhotov, a prominent Russian investigative journalist whose website The Inside was recently declared a “foreign agent” by the Kremlin, called Muratov’s winning of the peace prize “unexpected.”

Dobrokhotov said that the Nobel prize committee wanted to give investigative journalists a “message that they are doing very important work, especially now, when investigative journalists are being persecuted by the government. And that is a moment when this support is especially important and valuable.”

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