- Barack Obama recently lauded Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov on social media
- This, after the Rappler CEO and the Russian journalist received this year’s Nobel Peace Prize
- The former U.S. President then took to Twitter to congratulate the two journalists
- He said that the award is a tribute to Ressa and Muratov’s “extraordinary courage”
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Former U.S. President Barack Obama recently hailed Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov on their 2021 Nobel Peace Prize win.
It can be recalled that on Friday, October 8, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that Ressa and Muratov got the said recognition “for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace.”
Following the news, Obama took to his Twitter page to laud the two journalists.
“Congratulations to Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov. This award is a tribute to their extraordinary courage and the enduring value of fact-based journalism and freedom of expression, which is under threat in far too many places today.”
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Maria Ressa is the co-founder and chief executive officer of the news website Rappler. She formerly worked as a lead investigative reporter for CNN in Southeast Asia. She, together with her organisation, is known to be a top critic of the Duterte administration. Ressa is the first Filipino to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The Filipina journalist and Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov were selected for the said Nobel award among 329 candidates around the globe.
Recently, Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo hailed Maria Ressa following her 2021 Nobel Peace Prize win. Robredo took to her Twitter page to congratulate the Nobel laureate. The Vice President said that this recognition affirms Ressa’s “tireless efforts to hold the line for truth and accountability.”
Rita Avila also bravely took to her Instagram page to laud the Filipina Nobel laureate on her Nobel Peace Prize win. In an Instagram post, recalled Ressa’s woes amid the current administration. Part of the actress' post about Ressa reads, "tiningala at binigyan ng gantimpala ng mga taong nakakakita at nakaka-alam kung ano ang tama.”