UNESCO Director-General welcomes awarding Nobel Peace Prize to Muratov, Ressa  

  09 October 2021    Read: 164
UNESCO Director-General welcomes awarding Nobel Peace Prize to Muratov, Ressa
 

UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay welcomed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov and Filipino journalist Maria Ressa, the international organization said in its statement Saturday.

"By awarding this prize, the Nobel Committee stated its belief that the freedom of expression of opinions and access to information is the basis of democracy and peace," Azoulay said. "These ideals fully resonated with the UNESCO mandate."

Azoulay states, "reporters are at the frontline of a fight for shedding light where necessary, oftentimes facing a huge risk."

"Today, they are rightfully considered protectors of justice and truth," the official said.

On Friday, the Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Novaya Gazeta editor-in-chief Dmitry Muratov and Filipino journalist Maria Ressa for "their efforts on protection of the freedom of press, which the basis for democracy and sustainable peace.".


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