Three Nobel Prize winners awaited in Oslo in December

Nobel peace prize medal awardOslo, October 8, 2021: Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Nobel Committee, announces that journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov will receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Photo: Heiko Junge / NTB

This year’s Peace Prize winners Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov are scheduled to be accompanied by last year’s winner when the Nobel Prize party kicks off in Oslo in December.

“The Nobel Committee assumes that both Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov will be present at the peace prize events in December. Last year’s award winner, the World Food Program, will also be represented by its CEO David Beasley,” the Nobel Committee’s secretary Olav Njølstad wrote in a text message to NTB.

Maria Ressa
Rappler CEO and Executive Editor Maria Ressa speaking to reporters outside the Court of Tax Appeals in Manila on March 4, 2021. Photo: AP Photo/Aaron Favila, file

Impacted by the pandemic

There has been uncertainty about whether the winners would be able to show up in person due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But now, the Nobel Committee is planning for both of this year’s winners to come and receive their awards and hold their Nobel lectures in Oslo City Hall on December 10.

Last year, the medal and diploma were sent by post to Rome, where Beasley was presented with it in a digital ceremony on behalf of the World Food Program. Due to travel restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic, he could not travel to Oslo to hold the traditional Nobel lecture. Now, he will finally get the chance to, together with Ressa and Muratov.

Dmitry Muratov
Novaya Gazeta Editor Dmitry Muratov speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Novaya Gazeta Newspaper, in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, October 7, 2021. Photo: AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Filipino journalist Ressa runs the Rappler news service, while Muratov is the editor-in-chief of the independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. This year’s Peace Prize will emphasize how important the press and freedom of expression are for democracy and peace, according to the Nobel Committee’s leader Berit Reiss-Andersen.

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