Two journalists win Nobel Peace Prize for freedom of expression

Two journalists – Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov of Russia – have won the 2021 Nobel Prize for their fight for freedom of expression.

The winners were announced Friday by Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee.

Last year’s prize went to the World Food Program, which was established in 1961 at the behest of U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower to fight hunger around the globe.

The Rome-based U.N. agency was lauded for seeking to end starvation as “a weapon of war and conflict.”

The prestigious award is accompanied by a gold medal and 10 million Swedish kronor (over $1.14 million).

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The prize money comes from a bequest left by the prize’s creator, Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel, who died in 1895.

Still to come Monday is the prize for outstanding work in the field of economics.

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