Filipino, Russian journalists win Nobel Peace Prize
Ressa, who is also a US citizen, is co-founder of Rappler, a digital media company for investigative journalism. Muratov is a co-founder of Russia's leading independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta. The pair were honoured "for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace," said the chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen. "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," she said. Ressa, 58, said the prize shows that "nothing is possible without facts," referring to the links between democracy and freedom of expression. "A world without facts means a world without truth and trust," Ressa told a livestreamed interview with Rappler. She told Norwegian TV2 the honor would give her and her colleagues "tremendous energy to continue the fight." Muratov dedicated his half of the prize to his newspaper's six journalists and contributors killed since 2000, who include the prominent investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya. "I can't take credit for this. This is Novaya Gazeta's," he was cited by Russian news agency TASS as saying. The newspaper on Thursday commemorated 15 years since Politkovskaya's killing. The Kremlin congratulated Muratov, with President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov telling reporters: "He is talented. He is courageous." Ressa and Rappler, which she co-founded in 2012 and still heads, have faced multiple criminal charges and investigations after publishing stories critical of Duterte's policies, including his bloody drug war. The former CNN correspondent is on bail pending an appeal against a conviction last year in a cyber libel case, for which she faces up to six years in prison. The chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said 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," Reiss-Andersen added. Ressa and Rappler have also documented how social media is being used to spread fake news, harass opponents and manipulate public discourse. Time magazine named her a Person of the Year in 2018.