Nobel Peace Prize 2021: The Nobel Peace Prize 2021 has been jointly awarded to journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia.
- The winners were announced by Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.
- Ressa and Muratov were honored for their “courageous” work but also were considered “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.
- The 2021 Nobel peace laureates 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.
- The two journalists braved the wrath of the leaders of the Philippines and Russia to expose corruption and misrule,in an endorsement of free speech under fire worldwide.
- The Nobel Peace Prize will be presented on December 10, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who founded the awards in his 1895 will.
About Maria Ressa:
- Maria Ressa is a journalist and CEO of news website Rappler.
- She has presented herself to be a fearless defender of freedom of expression.
- As per the Norwegian Nobel Committee, she has focused critical attention on the Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte regime’s controversial, murderous anti-drug campaign, as per Norwegian Nobel Committee.
About Dmitry Muratov:
- Dmitry Muratov was one of the founders of the independent newspaper Novaja Gazeta in 1993.
- This newspaper’s editor-in-chief of Novaja Gazeta has for decades defended the freedom of speech in Russia under increasingly challenging conditions.
- Novaja Gazeta carries out fact-based journalism with professional integrity, which makes it an important source of information on censurable aspects of Russian society rarely mentioned by other media.
- Despite the killings of its journalists and threats, he has consistently defended the rights of journalists.
About Nobel Peace Prize:
- Since 1901, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded 101 times to 135 people, which includes 107 individuals and 28 organizations.
Some of the renowned individuals who have been honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize are as follows:
- US Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Woodrow Wilson,
- Martin Luther King Jr.
- Henry A. Kissinger
- Mother Teresa
- 14th Dalai Lama
- Aung San Suu Kyi
- Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev
- Nelson Mandela
- Wangari Maathai
- South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela
Indian Nobel Peace Prize Winners:
- The first Indian woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 was Mother Teresa for her work for bringing help to suffering humanity.
- The second Indian to win the peace prize was Kailash Satyarthi.
- He was awarded the Nobel prize jointly with Malala Yousafzai in 2014 “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
The following Organizations have been honoured with the Peace Prize for their work:
- The International Committee of the Red Cross has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize three times in 1917, 1944 and 1963.
- The UNHCR has been awarded the Peace Prize two times in 1954 and 1981.
- UNICEF (1965)
- I.L.O (1969)
- Amnesty International (1977)
- The United Nations (2001)
- European Union (2012)