RESSA journalists and Muratov defend freedom of expression upon receiving the Nobel de la Paz

The Philippine Journalist Maria RESSA and his Russian colleague Dimitri Muratov made a defense of freedom of expression on Friday and alerted about the threats

RESSA journalists and Muratov defend freedom of expression upon receiving the Nobel de la Paz

The Philippine Journalist Maria RESSA and his Russian colleague Dimitri Muratov made a defense of freedom of expression on Friday and alerted about the threats he suffers throughout the world by receiving the Nobel of Peace at the Oslo City Council.

"We need ecosystems of information that live and die with facts, we will do it by changing social priorities to rebuild the journalism of the 21st century while we regulated and forbid economic control that benefits from hatred and lies," he said in his RESSA speech.

The two journalists have been awarded "for their efforts to defend freedom of expression, a precondition for democracy and lasting peace," according to the failure of the Nobel Committee.

RESSA talked about the need to "embrace" new technologies, an idea shared by Muratov.

"We are journalists, our mission is clear: distinguish between facts and fiction. The new generation of professionals knows how to work with data," said the co-founder and director of the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, who put as an example his use to reveal the transport of refugees of refugees. Middle East to Belarus.

RESSA, which runs the Digital Rappler, aimed at the "moral game of power and money" driven by social networks that control the large US corporations and consider a "foundation threat" against, for example, elections.

So he denounced that Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, son of the deceased dictator, leads the electoral race in the Philippines thanks to an "extensive network of misinformation in social networks", which has been exposed by Rappler, as well as the bloody war against drugs of the President Rodrigo Duterte.

"In less than two years, the Filipino Government issued ten arrest warrants against me, I had to pay bail ten times to do my work. Last year, I and an old colleague were convicted of defamation by a story published eight years before When the law supposedly raped did not even exist, "he regretted.

RESSA, which has been able to travel to Norway after the Court of Appeals gave authorization a week ago, is immersed in several judicial processes by their journalistic investigations and risks to be condemned more than a hundred years in prison.

Journalism in Russia crosses "a dark valley," Muratov said, and denounced that a hundred journalists, media and activists have been crossed out of "foreign agents" and some have had to leave the country.

The director of Novaya Gazeta said that torture is "habitual practice" in Russia and that, often, criminal cases are based on "false accusations and political reasons", as in the case of the opponent Alexei Navalny.

Muratov denounced the geopolitical "games" in eastern Europe and lamented that an open war between Russia and Ukraine "is no longer impossible".

The president of the Nobel Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, said that democracy is "under pressure and withdrawal", as well as freedom of expression and that hate discourse, false news and polarization are a global phenomenon.

The delivery of the Nobel to Muratov and RESSA was preceded by the Acceptance Speech of the UN World Food Program, David Beasley, the winner last year but that he could not travel to Oslo when he was suspended the ceremony by the pandemic of Coronavirus .

Date Of Update: 10 December 2021, 15:52

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