Dmitry Muratov Wiki – Dmitry Muratov Biography
Dmitry Muratov is the editor of the independent Novaya Gazeta newspaper, who won the Nobel Peace Prize with journalist Maria Ressa from the Philippines.
Based in Oslo, Norway, the awards committee handed the prestigious prize to Muratov for the paper’s reporting on human rights, freedom of speech, and other politically sensitive topics.
He is 59 years old.
Russian Journalist Wins Nobel Peace Prize
The editor-in-chief of one of Russia’s leading independent newspapers, Novaya Gazeta, has won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Muratov said the prize was completely unexpected and that he initially thought the incoming phone call from a Norwegian number was spam.
He said the prize is a recognition of the increasing pressure being placed on journalists inside Russia.
“Russian journalism is being suppressed right now. We will try to help people who are now recognized as ‘foreign agents’ and who are being attacked and expelled from the country,” he told the Podyom news site.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov congratulated Muratov as “courageous” and “talented,” following the announcement of the award.
“He is committed to his ideals. We congratulate him,” Peskov added.
Russia has launched a sweeping crackdown on independent media outlets over the last year, branding many “foreign agents” — label critics say is designed to hamstring the ability of critical publications to continue operating.
Novaya Gazeta has not been named a “foreign agent,” unlike other leading critical outlets such as the TV Dozhd broadcaster, Meduza news site, investigative outlets, and The Insider.
Muratov is the founder and editor-in-chief of Novaya Gazeta, an independent newspaper holding power to account in President Vladimir Putin’s increasingly authoritarian Russia.
As editor of Novaja Gazeta, Muratov leads a rare independent news source in Russia. His journalists have faced harassment and threats, and six of them have been murdered, including Anna Politkovskaja, who was shot dead in her Moscow apartment building in 2006.
“Despite the killings and threats, editor-in-chief Muratov has refused to abandon the newspaper’s independent policy,” the Nobel Committee said in a statement.
Though Muratov’s newspaper has often criticized the Russian authorities, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Friday they congratulate him.
“He persistently works in accordance with his own ideals, he is devoted to them, he is talented, he is brave,” Peskov added.