SPLC celebrates the selection of journalists for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

The Student Press Law Center congratulates the Norwegian Nobel Committee for recognizing freedom of expression and factual journalism as a precondition for democracy when the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded this morning to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov . In its announcement, the Committee said:

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov for their efforts in favor of freedom of expression, which is a prerequisite for democracy and lasting peace. Ms. Ressa and Mr. Muratov receive the Peace Prize for their courageous fight for freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia. At the same time, they are the representatives of all the journalists who defend this ideal in a world where democracy and freedom of the press are faced with increasingly unfavorable conditions.

They continued:

Free, independent and factual journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda. The Norwegian Nobel Committee is convinced that freedom of expression and freedom of information help to ensure an informed public. These rights are essential preconditions for democracy and protect against war and conflict. The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov aims to underline the importance of protecting and defending these fundamental rights. “

We couldn’t agree more. Kudos to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov as they represent courageous journalists all over the world, including student journalists, who uncover hard facts and engage in factual journalism.

Student Press Law Center: Since 1974, the Student Press Law Center has worked to support, promote and defend the First Amendment and the free speech rights of high school and college student journalists, and the advisers who support them. Working at the intersection of law, journalism and education, SPLC operates the country’s only free legal hotline for student journalists. We also provide training, educational resources, and support the grassroots, non-partisan New Voices movement, seeking state-level legislative support for student press freedom. The SPLC is an independent, 501c (3) nonprofit based in Washington, DC

Martin E. Berry