Journalism Pakistan
JSchool: Exciting media careers for fresh graduatesNewsroom Pakistan: Suno TV censors PTI leader Zartaj Gul's scarf featuring Imran KhanNewsroom Pakistan: Influencer Junaid Akram apologizes for paid promotion of Punjab GovernmentWorld: Libyan TV host Ahmed al-Sanussi arrested after reporting corruptionNewsroom Pakistan: Dictatorship and Drawing: Akhtar Shah's satirical journey through martial lawsNewsroom Pakistan: Absa Komal condemns sexist remarks during talk show appearanceWorld: Over 60 media and civil society organizations call for open access to GazaCensorship and career: Working as a journalist in the UAEAsia: Journalists face charges in India for reporting alleged police misconduct and mob lynchingNewsroom Pakistan: Paid Praise: How government endorsements by influencers violated ethical standardsAsia: Censorship in India: Media's battle for freedom under Prime Minister ModiNewsroom Pakistan: Anchor Ayesha Jahanzaib alleges abuse by husband, FIR filed

Award of Nobel Peace Prize to two journalists welcomed

 JournalismPakistan.com |  Published October 10, 2021

Join our WhatsApp channel

Award of Nobel Peace Prize to two journalists welcomed

OSLO—International journalist community has welcomed the awarding of this year's Nobel Peace Prize to two reporters who have made significant contributions to the peace movement at a time when media around the world face several kinds of threats.

According to the New York Times, journalists, Maria Ressa of the Philippines and Dmitri A. Muratov of Russia were recognized for "their courageous fight for freedom of expression, which is a precondition for democracy and lasting peace."

"Ressa, a longtime CNN reporter and a 2018 recipient of the ICFJ Knight International Journalism Award, co-founded the independent news site Rappler - one of the few news outlets in the Philippines taking on the government of President Rodrigo Duterte over its human rights abuses. Today, after being convicted on a trumped-up charge in 2020, she faces a slew of other state-linked legal cases aimed at silencing her and her colleagues," the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) noted.

"Muratov is the co-founder and longtime editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, an independent newspaper in Russia that works with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), an ICFJ partner. Novaya Gazeta journalists have taken part in ICFJ programs over the years, and investigative reporter Roman Anin worked there when he received the ICFJ Knight Award in 2013. Six Novaya Gazeta journalists have been killed since Muratov co-founded the news outlet in 1993, including Anna Politkovskaya, once a leading voice reporting on the Chechnya war," the ICFJ further stated.

"Dmitry Muratov and Maria Ressa personify the values of press freedom and the reason it matters. These are journalists under personal threat who continuously defy censorship and repression to report the news and have led the way for others to do the same. This Nobel Peace Prize is a powerful recognition of their tireless work, and that of journalists all around the world. Their struggle is our struggle," Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, commented.

Christophe Deloire, on behalf of the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) also welcomed the announcement, saying that: "This is an extraordinary tribute to journalism, an excellent tribute to all journalists who take risks everywhere around the world to defend the right to information. It will be a decisive decade for journalism. Journalism is in danger, journalism is weakened, journalism is threatened. Democracies are weakened by disinformation, by rumors, by hate speech. This prize is a great signal and a very powerful message to defend journalism everywhere."

"Maria has been an inspiration to the world as she fought for the truth and for her rights and in fact the rights of free people everywhere as the leader of Rappler. We know she has a smile on her face this morning because she is almost always smiling. We do too. The Nobel Committee could not have picked a better person to represent journalists. She reminds us of all that is best in our profession. Her drive for truth and her passion and determination are impressive to witness. Her voice reminds us of our role in democracy, and of our place in the world. This award could not come at a better time as a free press is being attacked across the planet," Lisa Nicole Matthews, President of the National Press Club, and Angela Greiling Keane, President of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, stated.

Photo: AP

Suno TV censors PTI leader Zartaj Gul's scarf featuring Imran KhanSuno TV censors PTI leader Zartaj Gul's scarf featuring Imran Khan

 July 13, 2024:  In a blatant display of media censorship, Suno TV blurred images of former Prime Minister Imran Khan on a scarf worn by PTI leader...

Influencer Junaid Akram apologizes for paid promotion of Punjab GovernmentInfluencer Junaid Akram apologizes for paid promotion of Punjab Government

 July 13, 2024:  Junaid Akram, a popular vlogger with 1.15 million subscribers on YouTube, has publicly apologized for a video where he praised the...

Dictatorship and Drawing: Akhtar Shah's satirical journey through martial lawsDictatorship and Drawing: Akhtar Shah's satirical journey through martial laws

 July 12, 2024:  Explore the journey of Akhtar Shah, a renowned satirical cartoonist in Pakistan, as he shares his early inspirations, creative pro...

Absa Komal condemns sexist remarks during talk show appearanceAbsa Komal condemns sexist remarks during talk show appearance

 July 12, 2024:  Dawn News TV anchor Absa Komal has spoken out against the persistent sexism she faces in the media industry. Highlighting an incid...

Paid Praise: How government endorsements by influencers violated ethical standardsPaid Praise: How government endorsements by influencers violated ethical standards

 July 11, 2024:  The recent controversy in Punjab where actors and social media influencers were paid to praise the government's 100 days in office...

Anchor Ayesha Jahanzaib alleges abuse by husband, FIR filedAnchor Ayesha Jahanzaib alleges abuse by husband, FIR filed

 July 10, 2024:  Prominent anchor Ayesha Jahanzaib has revealed that she has been subjected to months of domestic abuse by her husband, Haris Ali, ...

Debt and mismanagement bring PTV Sports to the brink of collapseDebt and mismanagement bring PTV Sports to the brink of collapse

 July 10, 2024:  PTV Network, especially its flagship channel PTV Sports, faces a severe crisis due to financial mismanagement and debt. Despite a ...

Arshad Sharif's widow details justice journey in emotional vlogArshad Sharif's widow details justice journey in emotional vlog

 July 10, 2024:  In an emotional vlog, the widow of journalist Arshad Sharif, murdered in Kenya nearly two years ago, shares her arduous journey to...

Newsroom
Libyan TV host Ahmed al-Sanussi arrested after reporting corruption

Libyan TV host Ahmed al-Sanussi arrested after reporting corruption

 July 12, 2024 The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for the immediate release of Libyan TV host Ahmed al-Sanussi, who was arrested in Tripoli. CPJ condemns the lack of information on his detention and demands his safe return. Al-Sanussi is known for reporting on local politics and government corruption.

Over 60 media and civil society organizations call for open access to Gaza

Over 60 media and civil society organizations call for open access to Gaza

 July 12, 2024 More than 60 media and civil society organizations, including The New York Times, BBC, and CNN, have signed an open letter urging Israel to grant independent access to Gaza for journalists. The Committee to Protect Journalists coordinated the letter amid rising concerns over press freedom and misinformation.

Censorship and career: Working as a journalist in the UAE

Censorship and career: Working as a journalist in the UAE

 July 11, 2024 Explore the challenges and opportunities expat journalists face in the UAE, with insights from Imran Naeem Ahmad, a former Gulf News journalist. Discover the impact of censorship, career prospects, and the reality of working for leading newspapers like Khaleej Times and Gulf News in Dubai.

Journalists face charges in India for reporting alleged police misconduct and mob lynching

Journalists face charges in India for reporting alleged police misconduct and mob lynching

 July 11, 2024 The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) calls on Uttar Pradesh police to drop their investigation into journalists Zakir Ali Tyagi and Wasim Akram Tyagi. The journalists are accused of inciting religious enmity through social media posts about a Muslim resident's death in an alleged mob lynching.

Censorship in India: Media's battle for freedom under Prime Minister Modi

Censorship in India: Media's battle for freedom under Prime Minister Modi

 July 11, 2024 Since Narendra Modi took office, Indian media has faced increasing censorship and government control. This article examines media suppression and highlights the strategies journalists and news organizations use to navigate these challenges, preserving press freedom in India.