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Two “courageous” journalists share 2021 Nobel Peace Prize — page 1 
They have risked their lives and freedom for the truth.
Every year, the Norwegian Nobel Committee meets to decide the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. This prize recognizes a person or group that works to promote peace. These winners are people or organizations who have done important work to make the world a better place. Past winners include education activist Malala Yousafzai, former President Barack Obama, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Last year’s winner was the U.N.’s World Food Programme.

This year, the committee split the award between two journalists who have become famous for their bravery and hard work: Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov. The Nobel Committee said: “Free, independent and fact-based journalism serves to protect against abuse of power, lies, and war propaganda.”

Maria Ressa lives and works in the Philippines, a country in Southeast Asia. Ressa is the founder of Rappler, a website where journalists can publish stories critical of the country’s government. This website is important because the government of the Philippines controls many newspapers, and TV and radio stations. Last year, Ressa was found guilty of breaking some laws for publishing stories that criticized some powerful people. Although many people say her trial was not fair, she faces a jail sentence of up to six years.

Dmitry Muratov is the editor-in-chief and co-founder of “Novaya Gazeta,” a newspaper in Russia. This publication has exposed wrongdoing by government members and rich businesspeople. Over the last 25 years, six of its reporters have been murdered while working on big stories.
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