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Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov

  Dmitry Muratov
Russian journalist, Dmitry Muratov (Photo: WikiBioFacts)

The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced two joint winners of the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize on October 8 – journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia. Maria’s story is on the front page of this issue of the Pilipino Express.

In their announcement, the Nobel award committee said, “Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov has for decades defended freedom of speech in Russia under increasingly challenging conditions. In 1993, he was one of the founders of the independent newspaper Novaja Gazeta. Since 1995 he has been the newspaper’s editor-in-chief for a total of 24 years. Novaja Gazeta is the most independent newspaper in Russia today, with a fundamentally critical attitude towards power. The newspaper’s fact-based journalism and professional integrity have made it an important source of information on censurable aspects of Russian society rarely mentioned by other media. Since its start-up in 1993, Novaja Gazeta has published critical articles on subjects ranging from corruption, police violence, unlawful arrests, electoral fraud, and “troll factories,” to the use of Russian military forces both within and outside Russia.

“Novaja Gazeta’s opponents have responded with harassment, threats, violence, and murder. Since the newspaper’s start, six of its journalists have been killed, including Anna Politkovskaja who wrote revealing articles on the war in Chechnya. Despite the killings and threats, editor-in-chief Muratov has refused to abandon the newspaper’s independent policy. He has consistently defended the right of journalists to write anything they want about whatever they want, as long as they comply with the professional and ethical standards of journalism.”