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Norwegian labor leader and parliamentary representative Jonas Gahr Støre nominated Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Journalists, and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021.
“In today’s world, Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists are the two foremost organizations for promoting media freedom and protecting journalists. A Nobel Peace Prize for these organizations will be a recognition of the work they do, and it will recognize the thousands of journalists who report on conflicts,” Støre said.
He also recognized Ressa, who has been arrested several times for Rappler’s critical coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.
“She is thus both a symbol and a representative of thousands of journalists around the world. The nomination fulfills key aspects of what is emphasized as peace-promoting in Alfred Nobel’s will. A free and independent press can inform about and help to limit and stop a development that leads to armed conflict and war,” Støre said.
Skei Grande, the former leader of Norway’s Liberal Party, also nominated The International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) at the Poynter Institute for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Rappler has been a verified signatory of the IFCN’s Code of Principles since 2017, and is one of the two verified signatories in the Philippines, along with Vera Files. – Rappler.com