Investigative journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov won the Nobel Peace Prize on October 8 for their work “safeguarding freedom of expression,” which the Nobel Committee called “a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”
Muratov is the editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, an opposition newspaper in Russia, which has shined a critical spotlight on the corruption and violence of the state despite the murder of six of the newspaper’s journalists since the publication’s establishment 28 years ago.
Ressa co-founded and heads Rappler, a digital media company in the Philippines which has reported on President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly anti-drug war. As a result of her work, she has faced multiple arrest warrants and fought numerous legal cases brought upon her by the government. She is only the 18th woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, the first female-identifying journalist in 85 years to do so, and the first Filipino journalist accredited in the awards’ centuries-long history.
Earlier in the week, the Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to three scientists for their contributions to understanding how humans have caused climate change, including a model that confirmed the greenhouse effect. Later in the week, the Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to three economists for their work on the labor market, including disproving the conventional beliefs that raising the minimum wage reduces employment and that immigration hurts wages.
By: Leo Peters