Faced with threats to media freedom, the world’s media should join forces and “fight for the facts” and not compete against each other, said Maria Resa (Ressa), winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, ahead of the award ceremony. the capital of Norway, Oslo.

At a press conference in Oslo, together with another winner, Dmitry Muratov from Russia, Resa, who is Filipina, said that “the era of the news competition is dead”.

“I think that now is the time when we are on the same side and we are fighting for the facts, and we will need to find new ways of cooperation, not only each of us in our country, but also globally,” Resa said.

Since it was announced in October that they received this prestigious award, media freedom has not improved in the Philippines or Russia, Resa and Muratov said.

“For now, media freedom is under threat. It took a lot for me to be here today and answer your questions,” Resa said, adding that she had to get approval from four courts to be able to travel, due to criminal lawsuits. is faced in the country.

Resa is the first person from the Philippines to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She was found guilty of defamation last year and sentenced to prison, in a decision seen as a major blow to global media freedom. She is currently on parole, but is awaiting seven active legal proceedings.

Muratov said that governments are investing in lies, not in journalism, and added that he was “fully aware that this award is for the entire journalistic community.”

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has selected two journalists for their separate struggle for freedom of expression in countries where journalists have faced constant attacks, harassment and even murder.

Resa, 58, was a co-founder of the government-critical Rappler portal in 2012. Seven criminal charges against her are related to legal issues surrounding her news agency, including allegations that she violated the constitutional ban on media agencies from receiving foreign funds.

Muratov, 59, was one of the founders of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta in 1993. He said he saw the award as an award for the newspaper’s journalists and associates who were killed, including Ana Politkovskaya, who covered the conflict in Chechnya.

The chairwoman of the Nobel Committee, Berit Reis-Andersen, said today that the award was given to point out the importance of information in today’s society.

“A healthy society and democracy depend on reliable information so that the public and politicians can base their decisions and debates on fact-based information,” said Reis Andersen.

She pointed out that there is so much information in society today that is unreliable, misinformation, propaganda and fake news.

When asked what the award means to her, Resa compared it to light that protects in many ways.

She said that it is a light that shows how much harder it is for journalists to do their job, and the only weapon and defense that journalists can have in such an environment is to turn on the light and continue to do their job.

The award, 10 million kroner ($ 1.1 million) in medals and diplomas will be officially presented to the winners in Oslo tomorrow.

By Editor

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