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Journalists Ressa and Muratov win Nobel Peace Prize

Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their “courageous fight” to defend freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia.

The committee called the pair “representatives of all journalists who stand up for this ideal”. They were chosen out of 329 candidates

The winners of the prestigious prize, worth 10m Swedish krona (£836,000; $1.1m), were announced at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo, BBC writes.

Ms Ressa, who co-founded the news site Rappler, was commended for using freedom of expression to “expose abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism in her native country, the Philippines”.

In a live broadcast by Rappler, Ms Ressa said her win showed that “nothing is possible without facts… a world without facts means a world without truth and trust”.

The committee said Mr Muratov, the co-founder and editor of independent newspaper Novaja Gazeta, had for decades defended freedom of speech in Russia under increasingly challenging conditions.

In an interview with the popular Telegram channel Podyom, Mr Muratov said: “I’m laughing. I didn’t expect this at all. It’s madness here.”

He called the prize “retribution for Russian journalism which is being repressed now”.

The Nobel Peace Prize is intended to honour an individual or organisation that has “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations”.

“Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies and war propaganda,”the committee said in a statement.

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