The 2021 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to two journalists: Filipino Maria Russa and Russian Dmitry Andreyevich Muratov, for the first time in 86 years.
For UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, it is a recognition of the vital role of journalists, who are “at the forefront of the struggle for truth, to shed light where necessary.”
Quoted in a press release, Audrey Azoulay believes that “by awarding this prize, the Nobel Committee reaffirms a strong conviction, which fully echoes UNESCO’s mandate: freedom of expression and Access to information is essential. The foundation of democracy and peace”.
And to add that “journalists are at the forefront of the fight for truth, to shed light where necessary. And for this they often take great personal risks. Today, they are rightly recognized as defenders of justice and truth.” Is “.
Azoulay praised Maria Ressa, which affects nearly three out of four women in the world, according to a UNESCO report published last April in the organization’s efforts against online harassment of women journalists.
Last May, María Resa received the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize, in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the defense of press freedom in the face of danger.
Accepting the award live at the World Press Freedom Conference organized by UNESCO in Windhoek, Namibia, he specifically condemned the coordinated online harassment of journalists and the lack of effective responses from the media.
Note that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate claimed to dedicate his award to “all the journalists in the world”, and promised to continue his fight for freedom of the press.
“It really is for all the journalists around the world (…). We really need help on many fronts – being a journalist today is far more difficult and dangerous,” she said.
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