Journalists Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their fight for freedom of expression in their countries.
“Ms Ressa and Mr Muratov are receiving the Peace Prize for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia,” Chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen of the Norwegian Nobel Committee told a news conference.
“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 added.
The Nobel Peace Prize is meant to honour an individual or organisation that has done the most or the finest work for fraternity between nations.
It will be presented on Dec. 10, the anniversary of the death of Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who started the awards in his 1895 will.